Definition of rundown in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌndaʊn
  • 2A reduction in the productivity or activities of a company or institution: a rundown in the business would be a devastating blow to the local economy
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    • The rundown of essential services, particularly health care, have been a source of ongoing resentment and anger throughout the area.
    • It was phenomenal that the city was able to turn itself round in such a short space of time, bearing in mind the dramatic rundown in industry.
    • If doctors and nurses go from the rural sector then farmers and workers will follow, and that will mean a run-down of our productive sector.
    reduction, cut, cutback, decrease, curtailment, drop, decline, diminution


Pronunciation: /rʌnˈdaʊn
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  • 1(Especially of a building or area) in a poor or neglected state after having been prosperous: a run-down Edwardian villa
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    • Four of Manchester's communities want the chance to transform neglected and run-down park areas into something everyone in the community can enjoy.
    • Dispersal means refugees get dumped in run-down housing areas with no proper facilities and support.
    • The organisation specialises in lending for neglected properties, run-down buildings which can be renovated or converted for new use and energy-efficient new homes built ecologically.
  • 1.1(Of a company or industry) in a poor economic state: a run-down business that had been making losses for five years
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    • The managing director arrived at the company in 1999 as part of a team that had bought a run-down business which had been making losses for five years.
    • This was the beginning of the 20-year cycle, buying run-down catering businesses and building them into success stories.
    • But in general, India's infrastructure is as creaking and run-down as ever.

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