Run meaning

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To be in operation; function or work.

The engine is running.

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One execution of a program.
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The definition of run is to move faster than walking, leave quickly, operate or smear.

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.

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Diarrhea. Often used with the.
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To move freely, as on wheels.

The car ran downhill. The drawer runs on small bearings.

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To cause to move on a course.

We ran our boat into a cove.

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To migrate, especially to move in a shoal in order to spawn. Used of fish.
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To travel over a regular route.

The ferry runs every hour.

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To sail or steer before the wind or on an indicated course.

Run before a storm.

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Cast in a mould.
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(nautical, of a vessel) To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or sailing close-hauled.
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To tease with sarcasms and ridicule.
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To control or have precedence in a card game.

Every three or four hands he would run the table.

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To cause to be in a given condition.

The toddlers ran me ragged.

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To pass over or through.

Run the rapids; run a roadblock.

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To submit for consideration or review.

I'll run the idea by you before I write the proposal.

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A point scored by advancing around the bases and reaching home plate safely.
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A player's act of carrying the ball, usually for a specified distance.

A 30-yard run.

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The average type, group, or category.

The broad run of voters want the candidate to win.

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Being in a melted or molten state.

Run butter; run gold.

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Completely exhausted from running.
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To go by moving the legs rapidly, faster than in walking, and (in a two-legged animal) in such a way that for an instant both feet are off the ground.
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To associate or consort (with)
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To go, move, grow, etc. easily and freely, without hindrance or restraint.
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To go away rapidly; flee.
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To make a quick trip (up to, down to, over to, etc. a specified place) for a brief stay.
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To finish a contest or race in the specified position.

To run last.

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To swim in migration, as upstream or inshore for spawning, etc.
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To go, as on a schedule; ply between two points.

A bus that runs between Chicago and Detroit.

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To go or pass lightly and rapidly.

His eyes ran over the page.

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To be current; circulate.

A rumor running through the town.

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To climb or creep.

A vine running over the wall.

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To move continuously or incessantly.

His tongue ran on and on.

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To ravel lengthwise in a knitted fabric.
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To function or operate with or as with parts that revolve, slide, etc.

A machine that is running.

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To recur or return to the mind.
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To flow.

A running stream.

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To melt and flow.

The wax ran.

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To be wet or covered with a flow.

Eyes running with tears.

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To give passage to a fluid.
  • To discharge pus, mucus, etc.
  • To leak, as a faucet.
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To elapse.

The days ran into weeks.

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To be characterized by having, producing, using, etc.

Their taste runs to exotic foods.

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To pass into a specified condition, situation, etc.

To run into trouble.

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To sail or float (aground, etc.)
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To be written, expressed, played, etc. in a specified way.

The adage runs like this.

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To be or continue at a specified size, price, amount, etc.

Apples running four to the pound.

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To sail with the wind coming from astern.
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To run along or follow (a specified course or route)
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To travel over; cover by running, driving, etc.

Horses ran the range.

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To do or perform by or as by running.

To run a race.

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To subject oneself to (a risk); incur.
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To pursue or hunt (game, etc.)
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To compete with in or as in a race; vie with.
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To bring, lead, or force into a specified condition, situation, etc. by or as by running.

To run oneself into debt.

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To drive, force, or thrust (an object) into, through, or against something.
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To make go, move, pass, flow, etc., esp. rapidly, in a specified way, direction, place, etc.

To run water into a glass.

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To cost (an amount)

Boots that run $20

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To mark, draw, or trace (lines, as on a map)
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To extend, pass, or trace in a specified way or direction.

To run a story back to its source.

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To undergo or be affected by (a fever, etc.)
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To flow with, discharge, or pour forth.

Gutters running blood.

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To melt, fuse, or smelt (ore)
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To cast or mold, as from molten metal; found.
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To print; esp., to publish (an advertisement, story, etc.) in a newspaper or magazine.
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To complete successfully (a specified number of strokes, shots, etc.) in uninterrupted sequence.
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To lead the cards of (a suit, often, specif., an established suit), thereby taking a series of tricks.
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To cause (a program, software, etc.) to operate or start operating.
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To cause (a ball) to roll, esp. on a green.
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An act or period of running or moving rapidly.
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The distance covered or time spent in running.
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A trip; journey.
  • A single, customary, or regular trip, as of a train, ship, or plane.
  • A quick trip, esp. for a brief stay.
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Direction or course, as of the grain of wood, a vein of ore, etc.
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A continuous course of performances, showings, etc.

A play that had a run of a year.

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A series of continued, sudden, or urgent requests or demands, as by customers for certain goods, or by bank depositors for their funds.
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A period of being in public demand or favor.
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Three or more playing cards in unbroken order in the same suit; sequence.
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A continuous extent of something.
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A flow or rush of water, etc., as of the tide.
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A small, swift stream, as a brook or rivulet.
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Something in, on, or along which something else runs.
  • 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.
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Freedom to use all the facilities or move freely in any part (of a place)

To have the run of an estate.

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A ravel lengthwise in something knitted, as in hosiery.
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A point scored whenever a base runner successfully touches all four bases in the proper order without being out.
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An uninterrupted sequence of successful strokes, shots, etc.
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A scoring point, made by a successful running of both batsmen from one wicket to the other.
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The approach to the target made by an airplane in bombing, strafing, etc.
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A rapid succession of tones, as a roulade.
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The after part of a ship's bottom, from where it starts to curve up and in toward the stern.
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Melted; made liquid.
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Poured or molded while in a melted state.

Run metal.

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Drained or extracted, as honey.
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Having migrated and spawned.
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(1) To execute a program. The phrases "run the program" and "launch the program" are synonymous.
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Act or instance of running, of moving rapidly using the feet.

I just got back from my morning run.

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Act or instance of hurrying (to or from a place) (not necessarily by foot); dash or errand, trip.

I need to make a run to the store.

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A pleasure trip.

Let's go for a run in the car.

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Flight, instance or period of fleeing.
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Migration (of fish).
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A group of fish that migrate, or ascend a river for the purpose of spawning.
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(skiing, bobsledding) A single trip down a hill, as in skiing and bobsledding.
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A (regular) trip or route.

The bus on the Cherry Street run is always crowded.

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The route taken while running or skiing.

Which run did you do today?

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The distance sailed by a ship.

A good run; a run of fifty miles.

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A run to China.

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An enclosure for an animal; a track or path along which something can travel.

He set up a rabbit run.

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(Australia, New Zealand) Rural landholding for farming, usually for running sheep, and operated by a runholder.
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State of being current; currency; popularity.
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A continuous period (of time) marked by a trend; a period marked by a continuing trend.
  • 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.

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(music) A rapid passage in music, especially along a scale.
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A trial of an experiment.

The data got lost, so I'll have to perform another run of the experiment.

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A flow of liquid; a leak.

The constant run of water from the faucet annoys me.

A run of must in wine-making.

The first run of sap in a maple orchard.

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(US, dialect) A small creek or part thereof.

The military campaign near that creek was known as The battle of Bull Run.

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The amount of something made.

The book's initial press run will be 5,000 copies.

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A production quantity in a factory.

Yesterday we did a run of 12,000 units.

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The length of a showing of a play, film, TV series, etc.

The run of the show lasted two weeks, and we sold out every night.

It is the last week of our French cinema run.

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A quick pace, faster than a walk.

He broke into a run.

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A sudden series of demands on a bank or other financial institution, especially characterised by great withdrawals.

Financial insecurity led to a run on the banks, as customers feared for the security of their savings.

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Any sudden large demand for something.

There was a run on Christmas presents.

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The top of a step on a staircase, also called a tread, as opposed to the rise.
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The horizontal length of a set of stairs.
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A standard or unexceptional group or category.

He stood out from the usual run of applicants.

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(baseball) A score (point scored) by a runner making it around all the bases and over home plate.
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(cricket) A point scored.
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(American football) A gain of a (specified) distance; a running play.

[...] one of the greatest runs of all time.

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Unrestricted use of an area.

He can have the run of the house.

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A line of knit stitches that have unravelled, particularly in a nylon stocking.

I have a run in my stocking.

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(nautical) The stern of the underwater body of a ship from where it begins to curve upward and inward.
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(construction) Horizontal dimension of a slope.
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(mining) The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried, either by licence of the proprietor of a mine or by the nature of the formation; also, the direction which a vein of ore or other substance takes.
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A pair or set of millstones.
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(video games) A playthrough.

This was my first successful run without losing any health.

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In a liquid state; melted or molten.

Put some run butter on the vegetables.

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Exhausted; depleted (especially with "down" or "out").
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(of a fish) Travelled, migrated; having made a migration or a spawning run.
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(vertebrates) To move swiftly.
  • (intransitive) To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (Compare walk.).
    Run, Sarah, run!.
  • (intransitive) To go at a fast pace, to move quickly.
    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.
  • To cause to move quickly; to make move lightly.
    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?.
  • (intransitive) To compete in a race.
    The horse will run the Preakness next year.
    I'm not ready to run a marathon.
  • (intransitive) Of fish, to migrate for spawning.
  • (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.
  • (intransitive) To flee away from a danger or towards help.
    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.
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(fluids) To flow.
  • (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.
  • (intransitive) Of a liquid, to flow.
    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 become liquid; to melt.
  • (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.
  • (figuratively) To go through without stopping, usually illegally.
    Run a red light or stop sign; run a blockade.
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(social) To carry out an activity.
  • To control or manage, be in charge of.
    My uncle ran a corner store for forty years.
    She runs the fundraising.
    My parents think they run my life.
  • (intransitive) To be a candidate in an election.
    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.
  • (intransitive) To be presented in one of the media.
    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.
  • To print or broadcast in the media.
    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 smuggle illegal goods.
    To run guns; to run rum.
  • (agriculture) To sort through a large volume of produce in quality control.
    Looks like we're gonna have to run the tomatoes again.
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To extend or persist, statically or dynamically, through space or time.
  • (intransitive) To extend in space or through a range (often with a measure phrase).
    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.
  • (intransitive) To extend in time, to last, to continue (usually with a measure phrase).
    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.
  • (intransitive) Of a machine, including computer programs, to be operating or working normally.
    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.
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To execute or carry out a plan, procedure, or program.

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.

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To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation.

To run from one subject to another.

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(copulative) To become different in a way mentioned (usually to become worse).

Our supplies are running low.

They frequently overspent and soon ran into debt.

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To cost a large amount of money.

Buying a new laptop will run you a thousand dollars.

Laptops run about a thousand dollars apiece.

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(intransitive) Of stitches or stitched clothing, to unravel.

My stocking is running.

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To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation.
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To cause to enter; to thrust.

To run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into one's foot.

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To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven.
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To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to determine.

To run a line.

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To encounter or incur (a danger or risk).

To run the risk of losing one's life.

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To put at hazard; to venture; to risk.
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To sew (a seam) by passing the needle through material in a continuous line, generally taking a series of stitches on the needle at the same time.
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To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
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(archaic) To be popularly known; to be generally received.
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To have growth or development.

Boys and girls run up rapidly.

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To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
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To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in force, effect, or operation; to follow; to go in company.

Certain covenants run with the land.

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To cause to move quickly.

She ran her fingers along the keyboard.

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a run for (one's) money
  • Strong competition.
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in the long run
  • In the final analysis or outcome.
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in the short run
  • In the immediate future.
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on the run
  • Hurrying busily from place to place:.
    Executives always on the run from New York to Los Angeles.
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run a temperature
  • To have a higher than normal body temperature.
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run away with
  • To be greater or bigger than others in (a performance, for example).
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run foul
  • 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.
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run in place
  • To go through the movements of running without leaving one's original position.
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run interference
  • To deal with problems or difficult matters for someone else.
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run off at the mouth
  • To talk excessively or indiscreetly.
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run off with
  • To capture or carry off:.
    Ran off with the state championship.
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run (one's) eyes over
  • To look at or read in a cursory manner.
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run out of
  • To exhaust the supply of:.
    Ran out of fuel.
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run out of gas
  • To exhaust one's energy or enthusiasm.
  • To falter or come to a stop because of a lack of capital, support, or enthusiasm.
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run out on
  • To abandon:.
    Has run out on the family.
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run rings around
  • To be markedly superior to.
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run scared
  • To become intimidated or frightened.
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run short
  • To become scanty or insufficient in supply:.
    Fuel oil ran short during the winter.
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run short of
  • To use up so that a supply becomes insufficient or scanty:.
    Ran short of paper clips.
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run to earth
  • 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.
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a run for one's money
  • Powerful competition.
  • Some satisfaction for what one has expended, as in betting on a near winner in a race.
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in the long run
  • In the final outcome; ultimately.
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in the short run
  • In the beginning; at first; initially.
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on the run
  • Running.
  • Hurrying from place to place or task to task.
  • Running away; in retreat.
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run across
  • To encounter by chance.
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run after
  • To pursue or follow.
  • To seek the company or companionship of.
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run along
  • To leave or depart.
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run around
  • To be sexually unfaithful; cheat.
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run off at the mouth
  • To talk loudly, excessively, or imprudently.
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run away
  • To flee.
  • To desert one's home or family.
  • To escape and run loose, as a horse.
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run away with
  • To depart and take with one; esp., to steal.
  • To carry out of control.
    His enthusiasm ran away with him.
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run back
  • To carry (a football) toward the opponent's goal, as after receiving a kickoff.
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run down
  • 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).
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run for it
  • To run in order to escape or avoid something.
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run in
  • 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.
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run into
  • 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).
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run off
  • 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.
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run on
  • To add (something) at the end.
  • To talk continuously.
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run out
  • To come to an end; expire or become used up, exhausted, etc.
  • To force to leave; drive out.
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run out of
  • To use up a supply of (something).
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run out on
  • To abandon or desert.
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run out the clock
  • To maintain control of the ball in the closing minutes of a game.
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run over
  • To ride or drive over as with an automobile.
  • To overflow.
  • To go beyond a limit.
  • To examine, rehearse, etc. rapidly or casually.
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run rings around
  • To run much faster than.
  • To do much better than; surpass or outdo.
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run scared
  • To base one's actions upon the possibility or likelihood of failure.
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run through
  • To use up, spend, etc. quickly or recklessly.
  • To pierce.
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run up
  • To raise, rise, make, or build rapidly.
  • To let (bills, debts, etc.) accumulate.
  • To sew with a rapid succession of stitches.
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run with
  • 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.
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the runs
  • A case of diarrhea.
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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.

    From Wiktionary