From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrun down phrasal verb1run somebody/something ↔ downTTHIT/BUMP INTO to drive into a person or animal and kill or injure them 🔊 Their daughter was run down by a car.2run somebody/something ↔ down informalCRITICIZE to criticize someone or something in a way that is unfair 🔊 There’s a lot of good things about homeopathic treatment. I’m certainly not running it down.3TMCif a clock, machine, battery etc runs down, it has no more power and stops working4REDUCEto make a company, organization etc gradually reduce in size, especially in order to close it in the future, or to gradually reduce in sizerun something ↔ down 🔊 Many smaller local hospitals are being run down. 🔊 The business had been running down for a long time.5if a supply of something runs down, or if you run it down, there gradually becomes less of it 🔊 Crude oil reserves are running down.run something ↔ down 🔊 Electricity generating companies are running down stocks and cutting purchases.6run down something to read a list of people or things 🔊 Let me just run down the list of people who’ve been invited.7run somebody/something downFIND to find someone or something after searching for a long time 🔊 I finally ran him down at his new office in Glendale. →rundown, run-down →run→ See Verb table
run-downˌrun-ˈdown adjective 🔊 🔊 1TBCONDITION/STATE OF somethinga building or area that is run-down is in very bad condition 🔊 a run-down inner-city area2[not before noun]MIILL someone who is run-down is tired and not healthy 🔊 You look a bit run-down.