Definition of run out in English:

run out

  • 1(Of a supply of something) be used up: our food is about to run out
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    • Passengers reported conditions close to ‘bedlam’ as air conditioning units failed and water supplies ran out.
    • He says worldwide oil supplies are simply running out.
    • Surely this difficulty should have been foreseen and the Minister should have negotiated the further funding long before the supply of cash had run out.
    Synonyms
    be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail; exhaust
  • 1.1Use up one’s supply of something: we’ve run out of petrol
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    • But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.
    • Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.
    • If a local council runs out of money it is the duty of central government to bail them out and not to charge the householders extra money.
    Synonyms
    have none left, have no more of, be out of; use up, exhaust one's supply of, consume, eat up; sell out of
    informal be fresh out of, be cleaned out of
  • 1.2Become no longer valid: her contract runs out at the end of the year
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    • My contract runs out at the end of the year, and as yet nothing else has been agreed.
    • I have a five-year contract which runs out next July.
    • Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.
    Synonyms
    expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish; lapse, be no longer valid
  • 2(Of rope) be paid out: slowly, he let the cables run out
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    • Slowly, he let the cables run out.
  • 3 [with adverbial of direction] Extend; project: a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate
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    • At right angles to the façade a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate.
  • 4 [with complement] British Emerge from a contest in a specified position: the team ran out 4-1 winners
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    • The lead changed hands several times with the top Scottish team eventually running out winners.
    • Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners and qualified for the quarter-finals.
    • Further goals were scored by James Gill and Rob Henson as they ran out 7-2 winners.
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