Definitions of run

  1. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; " She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; " These dresses run small"; " He inclined to corpulence"
  2. deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
  3. run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; " Who's running for treasurer this year?"
  4. the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; " the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; " a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"-- Hippocrates; " the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"-- Aristotle
  5. continue to exist; " These stories die hard"; " The legend of Elvis endures"
  6. the pouring forth of a fluid
  7. a race run on foot; " she broke the record for the half- mile run"
  8. perform as expected when applied; " The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; " Does this old car still run well?"; " This old radio doesn't work anymore"
  9. guide or pass over something; " He ran his eyes over her body"; " She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; " He drew her hair through his fingers"
  10. pursue for food or sport ( as of wild animals); " Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; " The dogs are running deer"; " The Duke hunted in these woods"
  11. a row of unravelled stitches; " she got a run in her stocking"
  12. 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"
  13. progress by being changed; " The speech has to go through several more drafts"; " run through your presentation before the meeting"
  14. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; " She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
  15. travel a route regularly; " Ships ply the waters near the coast"
  16. compete in a race; " he is running the Marathon this year"; " let's race and see who gets there first"
  17. change or be different within limits; " Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $ 2 billion"; " Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"; " The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"; " My students range from very bright to dull"
  18. a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; " the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"; " their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
  19. the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace; " he broke into a run"; " his daily run keeps him fit"
  20. a regular trip; " the ship made its run in record time"
  21. a short trip; " take a run into town"
  22. a football play in which a player runs with the ball; " the defensive line braced to stop the run"; " the coach put great emphasis on running"
  23. the act of testing something; " in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; " he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
  24. become undone, as of clothes such as knitted fabrics; " the sweater unraveled"
  25. extend or continue for a certain period of time; " The film runs 5 hours"
  26. an unbroken series of events; " had a streak of bad luck"; " Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
  27. ( American football) a play in which a player runs with the ball; " the defensive line braced to stop the run"; " the coach put great emphasis on running"
  28. an unbroken chronological sequence; " the play had a long run on Broadway"; " the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
  29. a race between candidates for elective office; " I managed his campaign for governor"; " he is raising money for a Senate run"
  30. the production achieved during a continuous period of operation ( of a machine or factory etc.); " a daily run of 100, 000 gallons of paint"
  31. unrestricted freedom to use; " he has the run of the house"
  32. 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"
  33. cause to perform; " run a subject"; " run a process"
  34. change from one state to another; " run amok"; " run rogue"; " run riot"
  35. be operating, running or functioning; " The car is still running-- turn it off!"
  36. carry out; " run an errand"
  37. cause to emit recorded sounds; " They ran the tapes over and over again"; " Can you play my favorite record?"
  38. include as the content; broadcast or publicize; " We ran the ad three times"; " This paper carries a restaurant review"; " All major networks carried the press conference"
  39. cover by running; run a certain distance; " She ran 10 miles that day"
  40. 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"
  41. travel rapidly, by any ( unspecified) means; " Run to the store!"; " She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"
  42. run with the ball; in such sports as football
  43. keep company; " the heifers run with the bulls ot produce offspring"
  44. sail before the wind
  45. cause an animal to move fast; " run the dogs"
  46. move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way; " who are these people running around in the building?"; " She runs around telling everyone of her troubles"; " let the dogs run free"
  47. set animals loose to graze
  48. make without a miss
  49. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; " Run the dishwasher"; " run a new program on the Mac"; " the computer executed the instruction"
  50. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; " Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; " His knowledge doesn't go very far"; " My memory extends back to my fourth year of life".
  51. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; " Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  52. be affected by; be subjected to; " run a temperature"; " run a risk"
  53. have a particular form; " the story or argument runs as follows"; " as the saying goes..."
  54. A small stream.
  55. of Run
  56. A number of cards of the same suit in sequence; as, a run of four in hearts.
  57. The movement communicated to a golf ball by running.
  58. The distance a ball travels after touching the ground from a stroke.
  59. To strike ( the ball) in such a way as to cause it to run along the ground, as when approaching a hole.
  60. To move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly, smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate or inanimate. Hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a stream, a snake, a wagon, etc.; to move by quicker action than in walking, as a person, a horse, a dog.
  61. To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
  62. To flee, as from fear or danger.
  63. To steal off; to depart secretly.
  64. To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
  65. To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through life; to run in a circle.
  66. To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run from one subject to another.
  67. To creep, as serpents.
  68. To flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course; as, rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring; her blood ran cold.
  69. To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
  70. To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
  71. To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a wheel runs swiftly round.
  72. To travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical means; to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to Albany; the train runs to Chicago.
  73. To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from Philadelphia to New York; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
  74. To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the stage runs between the hotel and the station.
  75. To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
  76. To continue in operation; to be kept in action or motion; as, this engine runs night and day; the mill runs six days in the week.
  77. To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west.
  78. To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
  79. To be popularly known; to be generally received.
  80. To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up rapidly.
  81. To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
  82. To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in washing.
  83. To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in force, effect, or operation; to follow; to go in company; as, certain covenants run with the land.
  84. To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has thirty days to run.
  85. To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
  86. To be played on the stage a number of successive days or nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
  87. Specifically, of a horse: To move rapidly in a gait in which each leg acts in turn as a propeller and a supporter, and in which for an instant all the limbs are gathered in the air under the body.
  88. To cause to run ( in the various senses of Run, v. i.); as, to run a horse; to run a stage; to run a machine; to run a rope through a block.
  89. To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation.
  90. To cause to enter; to thrust; as, to run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into the foot.
  91. To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven.
  92. To fuse; to shape; to mold; to cast; as, to run bullets, and the like.
  93. To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to determine; as, to run a line.
  94. To go through or accomplish by running; as, to run a race; to run a certain career.
  95. To cause to stand as a candidate for office; to support for office; as, to run some one for Congress.
  96. To encounter or incur, as a danger or risk; as, to run the risk of losing one's life. See To run the chances, below.
  97. To put at hazard; to venture; to risk.
  98. To discharge; to emit; to give forth copiously; to be bathed with; as, the pipe or faucet runs hot water.
  99. To be charged with, or to contain much of, while flowing; as, the rivers ran blood.
  100. To conduct; to manage; to carry on; as, to run a factory or a hotel.
  101. To tease with sarcasms and ridicule.
  102. To sew, as 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.
  103. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run.
  104. A small stream; a brook; a creek.
  105. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation, or during a certain time; as, a run of must in wine making; the first run of sap in a maple orchard.
  106. A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course or series; as, a run of good or bad luck.
  107. State of being current; currency; popularity.
  108. A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank or treasury for payment of its notes.
  109. A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep run.
  110. The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward the stern, under the quarter.
  111. The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty miles.
  112. A voyage; as, a run to China.
  113. A pleasure excursion; a trip.
  114. The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried, either by license 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.
  115. A roulade, or series of running tones.
  116. The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed upon the same principles as the double- quick, but with greater speed.
  117. In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a player, which enables him to score one; in cricket, a passing from one wicket to the other, by which one point is scored; as, a player made three runs; the side went out with two hundred runs.
  118. A pair or set of millstones.
  119. Melted, or made from molten material; cast in a mold; as, run butter; run iron or lead.
  120. Smuggled; as, run goods.
  121. To pass from one state or condition to another; to come into a certain condition; - often with in or into; as, to run into evil practices; to run in debt.
  122. To discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; - with on.
  123. To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank; - with on.
  124. To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or sailing closehauled; - said of vessels.
  125. To move rapidly by springing steps so that there is an instant in each step when neither foot touches the ground; - so distinguished from walking in athletic competition.
  126. To cause to pass, or evade, offical restrictions; to smuggle; - said of contraband or dutiable goods.
  127. To migrate or move in schools; - said of fish; esp., to ascend a river in order to spawn.
  128. Continued repetition on the stage; - said of a play; as, to have a run of a hundred successive nights.
  129. The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; - said of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes which migrate, or ascend a river for the purpose of spawning.
  130. Run.
  131. To move or go on the feet at a swifter pace than a walk; travel; proceed; as, the express runs forty miles an hour; move on in a stream; flow; as, the river runs down hill; to be in action; as, the engine will not run; extend in space; as, the railroad runs through his land; continue in time; as, the play ran a year; pass into a different state or condition; as, to run to seed; of a wound or sore, discharge pus.
  132. To cause to move or act, as an engine, etc.; perform or go through with; as, to run errands; to flow with; as, the earth ran blood; expose oneself to; as, to run a risk; to sew; as, to run up a seam.
  133. Act of going at a swifter pace than a walk; a trip or journey; as, the boat made its usual run; act of flowing or that which flows; as, a run of maple sap; a course or succession; as, a run of ill luck; free use or enjoyment of; as, to have the run of a friend's house; sudden, pressing demand; as, a run on a bank; a place passed over frequently, especially by animals; an inclosed place in which to confine and feed animals; a brook; a period of operation, or the work turned out during the period; in cricket or baseball, the act of running from one wicket or base to another.
  134. Ran.
  135. Running.
  136. To move swiftly: to pass quickly on the ground: to flee: to go, as ships, etc.: to have course in any direction: to flow: to dart: to turn: to extend: to pierce: to melt: to be busied: to become: to be in force: to discharge matter, as a sore: to press, esp. for immediate payment.
  137. To cause to move swiftly: to force forward: to push: to cause to pass: to fuse: to discharge, as a sore: to pursue in thought: to incur:- pr. p. running; pa. t. ran; pa. p. run.
  138. Act of running: course: flow: discharge from a sore: distance sailed: a trip by trainmen from one division of a railroad to the next: voyage: continued series: general reception: prevalence: popular clamor: an unusual pressure, as on a bank, for payment of notes.
  139. Act of running; flow; course; voyage; small stream; unusual demand; tapering after- part of a ship.
  140. To cause to move swiftly; cause to pass; pursue; fuse; incur.
  141. To move swiftly; go; flow; extend; pierce; melt.
  142. To go swiftly; move or flow; continue; extend; be reported.
  143. The act of running or flowing; swift movement; a brook.
  144. A trip or journey.
  145. A course; succession.
  146. Melted; smuggled. In the long run, in the final result. The run of mankind, the generality of people.
  147. Act of running; course; flow; successful course; clamour; an uncommon pressure on a bank for payment; distance sailed over; a voyage; a pair of mill stones; a brook; a large grazing ground.
  148. To drive; to force; to cause to be driven; to fuse; to cast; to incur; to venture; to smuggle; to break through; to pursue in thought; to thrust; to draw; to cause to ply; to cause to pass; to discharge; to pursue. To run down a ressel, to run against and sink her. To run hard, to press with sarcasm or ridicule; to urge importunately. To run over, to narrate or run the eye over hastily. to run through, to expend. To run up. to increase.
  149. To move or pass swiftly on the ground with the legs; to use the legs in moving; to move in a hurry; to spread; to extend; to rush violently; to sail; to slide; to move; to contend in a race; to flee for escape; to flew in any manner; to move as a fluid; to melt; to turn; to go; to pass; to fall; to have a Course ; to carried; to shoot; to discharge matter; to continue in time; to press with numerous demands. To run after, to pursue or follow. To run at, to attack. To run in trust, to get credit. To run down a coast, to sail along it. To run on, to talk incessantly. To run over, to overflow. To run out, to come to an end; to be wasted or exhausted. To run riot, to go to the utmost excess.
  150. To go, move, or pass on a surface in almost any manner; to cause to move swiftly; to move on the ground by long quick steps; to rush violently; to fuse or melt; to become liquid; to take a course at sea; to drive with violence, as a ship ashore; to ply or pass, as a coach or ship; to move or flow, as water; to pursue; to contend in a race; to have success; to strive at, followed by after; to contract, as a debt, followed by into or in; to pass from one state or condition to another; to fall; to pass; to make transition; to proceed; to discharge matter, as a scre; to extend to.
  151. Flow; course; mtion; a pleasuretrip; continued success; an unusual demand on a bank for payment of its notes, and for the return of deposits; distance sailed by a ship; a voyage.

Usage examples for run

  1. I suppose he's afraid the place'll run away. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
  2. Were you run over?" – Polly of the Hospital Staff by Emma C. Dowd
  3. Well, run along, child. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. Has he ever tried to run away since the night of the operetta? – Marjorie Dean, High School Junior by Pauline Lester
  5. Why had she run away? – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  6. Could she run away? – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner
  7. Run away, people of Fung, run away! – Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard
  8. I looked up to see whom I had run into. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  9. She can run, mother! – The Pioneers by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  10. So here goes, as the boy said when he run by himself. – A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. by Davy Crockett
  11. Let the story run on that. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  12. I'm not goin' to run. – Anderson Crow, Detective by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. They think it will run two years in London. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  14. Dear 'Lily, ' run away now. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  15. If you do it, I'll run you through. – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  16. But she did not run away from Mogens. – Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  17. Why don't you make Captain Bloxam, here, run? – Belles and Ringers by Hawley Smart
  18. " It's curious," said Jack, " but I cannot get it out of my head about Black Boy, I feel sure he will run well and beat Barry's horse." – The Second String by Nat Gould
  19. The only thing to do is to run while there's time. – Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record by Victor Appleton
  20. I would have hid myself or run away if I could have done it, for I was afraid that I would do or say something that I would be sorry for all my life. – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson