[ US /ˈɹən/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈʌn/ ]
  1. an unbroken series of events
    had a streak of bad luck
    Nicklaus had a run of birdies
  2. a short trip
    take a run into town
  3. a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
    their first tally came in the 3rd inning
    the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th
  4. the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
    he broke into a run
    his daily run keeps him fit
  5. unrestricted freedom to use
    he has the run of the house
  6. a small stream
  7. a row of unravelled stitches
    she got a run in her stocking
  8. the pouring forth of a fluid
  9. the act of testing something
    he called each flip of the coin a new trial
    in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately
  10. a race run on foot
    she broke the record for the half-mile run
  11. the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation
    the assembly line was on a 12-hour run
  12. (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
    the coach put great emphasis on running
    the defensive line braced to stop the run
  13. the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
    a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint
  14. a race between candidates for elective office
    he is raising money for a Senate run
    I managed his campaign for governor
  15. a regular trip
    the ship made its run in record time
  16. an unbroken chronological sequence
    the team enjoyed a brief run of victories
    the play had a long run on Broadway
  1. reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    melt butter
    melt down gold
    The wax melted in the sun
  2. cause to perform
    run a process
    run a subject
  3. cause to emit recorded audio or video
    He never tires of playing that video
    I'll play you my favorite record
    They ran the tapes over and over again
  4. change or be different within limits
    Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion
    My students range from very bright to dull
    Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent
    The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals
  5. deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
  6. become undone
    the sweater unraveled
  7. cause an animal to move fast
    run the dogs
  8. continue to exist
    These stories die hard
    The legend of Elvis endures
  9. move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
    Don't run--you'll be out of breath
    The children ran to the store
  10. cause something to pass or lead somewhere
    Run the wire behind the cabinet
  11. move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way
    let the dogs run free
    She runs around telling everyone of her troubles
    who are these people running around in the building?
  12. carry out
    run an errand
  13. perform as expected when applied
    The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
    Does this old car still run well?
  14. come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
    Her nylons were running
  15. move along, of liquids
    the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
    Water flowed into the cave
  16. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    These dresses run small
    He inclined to corpulence
    She tends to be nervous before her lectures
  17. change from one state to another
    run rogue
    run riot
    run amok
  18. be diffused
    These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run
  19. make without a miss
  20. compete in a race
    let's race and see who gets there first
    he is running the Marathon this year
  21. set animals loose to graze
  22. extend or continue for a certain period of time
    The film runs 5 hours
  23. sail before the wind
  24. keep company
    the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring
  25. run with the ball; in such sports as football
  26. travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
    Run to the store!
    She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there
  27. cover by running; run a certain distance
    She ran 10 miles that day
  28. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
    She is running a relief operation in the Sudan
  29. be operating, running or functioning
    The car is still running--turn it off!
  30. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
    the computer executed the instruction
    run a new program on the Mac
    Run the dishwasher
  31. travel a route regularly
    Ships ply the waters near the coast
  32. pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland
    The Duke hunted in these woods
    The dogs are running deer
  33. pass over, across, or through
    He ran his eyes over her body
    She ran her fingers along the carved figurine
    He drew her hair through his fingers
  34. progress by being changed
    run through your presentation before the meeting
    The speech has to go through several more drafts
  35. have a particular form
    the story or argument runs as follows
    as the saying goes...
  36. occur persistently
    Musical talent runs in the family
  37. include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    We ran the ad three times
    All major networks carried the press conference
    This paper carries a restaurant review
  38. run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
    Who's running for treasurer this year?
  39. be affected by; be subjected to
    run a risk
    run a temperature
  40. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    If you see this man, run!
    The burglars escaped before the police showed up
  41. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    His knowledge doesn't go very far
    Service runs all the way to Cranbury
    The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets
    My memory extends back to my fourth year of life
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How To Use run In A Sentence

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  • The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Iran Election Live-Blogging (Saturday June 20 Part II)
  • Former Rep. Steve Pearce (R) is running to re-claim his old seat. House Democrats reserve $49 million in ad time
  • If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex. Goodnight Tweetheart
  • That not only means that more information can be crunched at once, but these chips can also handle more complex instructions.
  • Just the other day, I was almost run over by a two-wheeling speed demon who felt that a four-way stop applied to everyone but him and his Schwinn. Keith Ecker: Bikers vs. Drivers vs. Pedestrians: The War Wages On
  • The guest got very drunk so they bundled him into a taxi and sent him home.
  • Xmas hurtles at us like a skateboarding troll trundling downhill - it's big, impressive, but to be viewed with a certain trepidation by those in its path. Toys R Us - Military Sword & Sorcery is coming ("#### Harry Potter! Daddy, where's my axe?")
  • He was trampled to death by a runaway horse.
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