Run Definition

rŭn
ran, running, runs
verb
ran, running, runs
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.
Webster's New World
To run along or follow (a specified course or route)
Webster's New World
To travel over; cover by running, driving, etc.
Horses ran the range.
Webster's New World
To depart; leave.
Sorry, I have to run.
American Heritage
To resort (to) for aid.
Always running to the police.
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noun
runs
An act or period of running or moving rapidly.
Webster's New World
A running pace; rapid gait.
Webster's New World
Capacity for running.
Webster's New World
The distance covered or time spent in running.
Webster's New World
The time taken to cover such a distance.
By taxi, it is a two minutes' run from the station.
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adjective
Melted; made liquid.
Webster's New World
Poured or molded while in a melted state.
Run metal.
Webster's New World
Completely exhausted from running.
American Heritage
Drained or extracted, as honey.
Webster's New World
Having migrated and spawned.
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idiom
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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Other Word Forms of Run

Noun

Singular:
run
Plural:
runs

Origin of Run

  • 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

  • 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

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