Running definition

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Ongoing over a period of time.

A running conversation; a running joke among us.

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The condition of a track with reference to its use in a race.
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Moving, passing, or advancing rapidly.
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The definition of running is moving, flowing or operating.

An example of something running is a train that is operating.

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Running means the act of racing or managing, or the condition of a track for racing.

An example of running is being in charge of a church festival.

An example of running is the state of a racetrack before a big race.

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The amount or quantity that runs.
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Flowing.

Running water.

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Cursive.
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Melting; becoming liquid or fluid.
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Discharging liquid; esp., discharging pus, etc.

A running sore.

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Creeping or climbing.
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Going, or in operation, as machinery.
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In a straight line; linear.

A running foot.

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Going on, extending, etc. without interruption; continuous.

A running commentary, a running pattern.

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In progress; current.

A running account.

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Concurrent; simultaneous.

A running translation.

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Moving or going easily or smoothly.
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Moving when pulled, as a rope.
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Done in a run with a running start.

A running jump.

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Of the normal run (of a train, bus, etc.)

Running time.

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Of or appropriate for running for exercise or sport.

A running shoe.

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Run at a rapid gait.

A running race.

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Trained to race at this gait.
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In succession; consecutively.

For five days running.

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Moving or advancing by running.
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Successive; one following the other without break or intervention.

To be away two days running.

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Flowing; easy; cursive.

Running handwriting.

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Continuous; keeping along step by step.

A running explanation.

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(botany) Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem.

A running vine.

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(medicine) Discharging pus.

A running sore.

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(informal) Consecutively; in a row.

Mom's strawberry jam won the blue ribbon at the Holland County Fair three years running.

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The action of the verb to run.

His running of the business leaves something to be desired.

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The activity of running as a form of exercise, as a sport, or for any other reason.

Running is good exercise.

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That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation.

The first running of a still.

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The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.
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Present participle of run.
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(sports) The exercise or sport of someone who runs.
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Running is defined as done consecutively.

An example of running used as an adverb is in the phrase "for seven years running," which means going on for seven years in a row.

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The act or an instance of running.
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The power or ability to run.
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Set in continuous or unbroken lines.

Running text.

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Printed at the top or bottom of every page or every other page.

A running title; a running footer.

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In a consecutive way.

Four years running.

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The act of a person or thing that runs (in various senses); racing, managing, proceeding, etc.
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That which runs, or flows.
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Prevalent.

Running costs.

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in the running
  • Entered as a contender in a competition.
  • Having the possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
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out of the running
  • Not entered as a contender in a competition.
  • Having no possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
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in (or out of) the running
  • in (or out of) the competition; having a (or no) chance to win
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
running
Plural:
runnings

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in (<i>or</i> out of) the running