run down
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run down(
ruhn
 
daun
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to hit with a vehicle)
a. atropellar
The bus driver accidentally ran down an old lady crossing the street.El conductor del autobús accidentalmente atropelló a una anciana que cruzaba la calle.
2. (to reduce)
a. ir reduciendo
Due to a decrease in demand for refrigerators, we're running down the stock of refrigerator parts.Debido a una disminución de la demanda de refrigeradores, vamos reduciendo las existencias de sus piezas.
b. agotar
The slowdown in sales has run down our cash on hand.La desaceleración de las ventas ha agotado el dinero en efectivo disponible.
3. (to find)
a. localizar
They let the hounds loose to run down the escaped convicts.Soltaron a los sabuesos para localizar a los convictos escapados.
b. encontrar
I had to go all over town, but I finally ran down the part I needed for the dishwasher.Tuve que recorrer toda la ciudad, pero al fin encontré la parte que necesitaba para el lavavajillas.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to disparage)
a. menospreciar
His mother had the nerve to run him down in front of his girlfriend.Su madre tuvo las agallas de menospreciarlo delante de su novia.
b. criticar
Despite the fact that the press ran him down, he won the election anyway.A pesar de que la prensa lo criticara, ganó las elecciones de todos modos.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
5. (to lose charge)
a. agotarse
Josh left the headlights on and by morning the battery had run down.Josh dejó las luces encendidas y por la mañana la batería se había agotado.
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run down
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (in car)
a. atropellar
2. (find)
a. localizar, encontrar
3. (criticize)
a. menospreciar, criticar
4. (reduce; production, stocks)
a. reducir, disminuir
5. (industry, factory)
a. desmantelar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (battery)
a. agotarse
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run down
transitive verb
1 (Aut) (knock down) atropellar; (Náut) hundir
2 especially (Britain) (reduce) [+production] ir reduciendo; [+supplies] agotar
3 (find) localizar; encontrar; (catch up with) alcanzar; (capture) coger; cazar
4 (disparage) menospreciar
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+battery] acabarse; gastarse; agotarse; [+car battery] descargarse; [+supplies] agotarse
the spring has run down se ha acabado la cuerda
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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