The engine is running.
Competing the 100 meter dash is an example of run.
An example of run is to end a phone call in order to do another task.
Managing the production of a trade show is an example of run.
An example of run is mascara spreading down a woman's eyes after she's been crying.
The car ran downhill. The drawer runs on small bearings.
We ran our boat into a cove.
The ferry runs every hour.
Run before a storm.
Every three or four hands he would run the table.
The toddlers ran me ragged.
Run the rapids; run a roadblock.
I'll run the idea by you before I write the proposal.
A 30-yard run.
The broad run of voters want the candidate to win.
Run butter; run gold.
To run last.
A bus that runs between Chicago and Detroit.
His eyes ran over the page.
A rumor running through the town.
A vine running over the wall.
His tongue ran on and on.
A machine that is running.
A running stream.
The wax ran.
Eyes running with tears.
- To discharge pus, mucus, etc.
- To leak, as a faucet.
The days ran into weeks.
Their taste runs to exotic foods.
To run into trouble.
The adage runs like this.
Apples running four to the pound.
Horses ran the range.
To run a race.
To run oneself into debt.
To run water into a glass.
Boots that run $20
To run a story back to its source.
Gutters running blood.
- A single, customary, or regular trip, as of a train, ship, or plane.
- A quick trip, esp. for a brief stay.
A play that had a run of a year.
- An inclined pathway or course.A ski run.
- A track, channel, trough, pipe, etc.
- An enclosed area in which domestic animals or fowl can move about freely or feed.A chicken run.
- In Australia, a large grazing area or ranch.
- A well-defined trail or path made and used by animals.A buffalo run.
To have the run of an estate.
I just got back from my morning run.
Let's go for a run in the car.
A good run; a run of fifty miles.
- A series of tries in a game that were successful.
- A sequence of cards in a suit in a card game.
I'm having a run of bad luck.
He went to Las Vegas and spent all his money over a three-day run.
The military campaign near that creek was known as The battle of Bull Run.
Yesterday we did a run of 12,000 units.
The run of the show lasted two weeks, and we sold out every night.
It is the last week of our French cinema run.
Financial insecurity led to a run on the banks, as customers feared for the security of their savings.
He stood out from the usual run of applicants.
He can have the run of the house.
- (intransitive) To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (Compare walk.).Run, Sarah, run!.
- The horse ran the length of the track.I have been running all over the building looking for him.Sorry, I've got to run; my house is on fire.
- Every day I run my dog across the field and back.I'll just run the vacuum cleaner over the carpet.Run your fingers through my hair.Can you run these data through the program for me and tell me whether it gives an error?.
- The horse will run the Preakness next year.I'm not ready to run a marathon.
- (intransitive, soccer) To carry a football down the field.
- To achieve or perform by running or as if by running.The horse ran a great race.He is running an expensive campaign.
- Whenever things get tough, she cuts and runs.When he's broke, he runs to me for money.
- (juggling, colloquial) To juggle a pattern continuously, as opposed to starting and stopping quickly.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To move or spread quickly.There's a strange story running around the neighborhood.The flu is running through my daughter's kindergarten.
- The river runs through the forest.There's blood running down your leg.
- (intransitive) Of an object, to have a liquid flowing from it.Your nose is running.Why is the hose still running?.My cup runneth over.
- To make a liquid flow; to make liquid flow from an object.You'll have to run the water a while before it gets hot.Run the tap until the water gets hot.
- (intransitive) To leak or spread in an undesirable fashion; to bleed (especially used of dye or paint).He discovered during washing that the red rug ran on his white sheet, staining it pink.
- To fuse; to shape; to mould; to cast.To run bullets.
- Run a red light or stop sign; run a blockade.
- My uncle ran a corner store for forty years.She runs the fundraising.My parents think they run my life.
- I have decided to run for governor of California.We're trying to find somebody to run against him next year.
- To make run in a race or an election.He ran his best horse in the Derby.The Green Party is running twenty candidates in this election.
- To exert continuous activity; to proceed.To run through life; to run in a circle.
- The story will run on the 6-o'clock news.The latest Robin Williams movie is running at the Silver City theatre.Her picture ran on the front page of the newspaper.
- Run a story; run an ad.
- To transport someone or something.Could you run me over to the store?.Please run this report upstairs to director's office.
- To run guns; to run rum.
- Looks like we're gonna have to run the tomatoes again.
- The border runs for 3000 miles.The leash runs along a wire.The grain of the wood runs to the right on this table.It ran in quality from excellent to substandard.
- The sale will run for ten days.The contract runs through 2008.The meeting ran late.The book runs 655 pages.The speech runs as follows: ...
- To make something extend in space.I need to run this wire along the wall.
- My car stopped running.That computer runs twenty-four hours a day.Buses don't run here on Sunday.
- To make a machine operate.It's full. You can run the dishwasher now.Don't run the engine so fast.
They ran twenty blood tests on me and they still don't know what's wrong.
Our coach had us running plays for the whole practice.
I will run the sample.
Don't run that software unless you have permission.'
My computer is too old to run the new OS.
To run from one subject to another.
Our supplies are running low.
They frequently overspent and soon ran into debt.
Buying a new laptop will run you a thousand dollars.
Laptops run about a thousand dollars apiece.
To run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into one's foot.
To run a line.
To run the risk of losing one's life.
Boys and girls run up rapidly.
Certain covenants run with the land.
She ran her fingers along the keyboard.
- Strong competition.
- In the final analysis or outcome.
- In the immediate future.
- Hurrying busily from place to place:.Executives always on the run from New York to Los Angeles.
- To have a higher than normal body temperature.
- To be greater or bigger than others in (a performance, for example).
- To run into; collide with:.A sloop that had run foul of the submerged reef.
- To come into conflict with:.A pickpocket who ran foul of the law.
- To go through the movements of running without leaving one's original position.
- To deal with problems or difficult matters for someone else.
- To talk excessively or indiscreetly.
- To capture or carry off:.Ran off with the state championship.
- To look at or read in a cursory manner.
- To exhaust the supply of:.Ran out of fuel.
- To exhaust one's energy or enthusiasm.
- To falter or come to a stop because of a lack of capital, support, or enthusiasm.
- To abandon:.Has run out on the family.
- To be markedly superior to.
- To become intimidated or frightened.
- To become scanty or insufficient in supply:.Fuel oil ran short during the winter.
- To use up so that a supply becomes insufficient or scanty:.Ran short of paper clips.
- To pursue (a hunted animal) to its den or lair.
- To search for and find (someone or something).
- To investigate (something) fully, usually with success.
- Powerful competition.
- Some satisfaction for what one has expended, as in betting on a near winner in a race.
- In the final outcome; ultimately.
- In the beginning; at first; initially.
- Hurrying from place to place or task to task.
- Running away; in retreat.
- To encounter by chance.
- To pursue or follow.
- To seek the company or companionship of.
- To leave or depart.
- To be sexually unfaithful; cheat.
- To talk loudly, excessively, or imprudently.
- To flee.
- To desert one's home or family.
- To escape and run loose, as a horse.
- To depart and take with one; esp., to steal.
- To carry out of control.His enthusiasm ran away with him.
- To carry (a football) toward the opponent's goal, as after receiving a kickoff.
- To cease to run, or stop operating, as a mechanical device, through lack of power.
- To run, ride, or drive against so as to knock down.
- To pursue and capture or kill.
- To search out the source of.
- To speak of slightingly or injuriously; disparage.
- To lessen or lower in worth, quality, etc.; make or become run-down.
- To read through rapidly.
- To catch and tag (a base runner trapped between two bases).
- To run in order to escape or avoid something.
- To include or insert, as something additional.
- To make a brief stop or visit at a place.
- To take into legal custody; arrest.
- To make continuous without a break or paragraph.
- To encounter by chance.
- To run, ride, or drive against so as to hit; collide with.
- To add up to (a large sum of money).
- To print, typewrite, make copies of, etc.
- To cause to be run, performed, played, etc.
- To decide the winner of (a race, etc.) by a runoff.
- To drive (animals, trespassers, etc.) off or away.
- To flow off; drain.
- To add (something) at the end.
- To talk continuously.
- To come to an end; expire or become used up, exhausted, etc.
- To force to leave; drive out.
- To use up a supply of (something).
- To abandon or desert.
- To maintain control of the ball in the closing minutes of a game.
- To ride or drive over as with an automobile.
- To overflow.
- To go beyond a limit.
- To examine, rehearse, etc. rapidly or casually.
- To run much faster than.
- To do much better than; surpass or outdo.
- To base one's actions upon the possibility or likelihood of failure.
- To raise, rise, make, or build rapidly.
- To let (bills, debts, etc.) accumulate.
- To sew with a rapid succession of stitches.
- To associate or socialize with.
- To adopt or publicize (an account, explanation, etc.) readily or eagerly, often, specif., before it has been verified.Local media ran with the story of his past arrest.
- A case of diarrhea.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of run
- Middle English ernen, runnen from Old English rinnan, eornan, earnan and from Old Norse rinna rei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ronnen (“to run"), alteration (due to the past participle yronne) of Middle English rinnen (“to run"), from Old English rinnan, iernan (“to run") and Old Norse rinna (“to run"), both from Proto-Germanic *rinnanÄ… (“to run") (compare also *rannijanÄ… (“to make run")), from Proto-Indo-European *ren- (“to rise; to sink"). Cognate with Scots rin (“to run"), West Frisian rinne (“to walk, march"), Dutch rennen (“to run, race"), German rennen (“to run"), Danish rinde (“to run"), Swedish rinna (“to run"), Icelandic renna (“to flow"). Cognate with Albanian rend (“to run, run after"). See random.