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Verb: run (ran,run,running)  rún
  1. 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"
     
  2. Flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    "If you see this man, run!";
    - scat, scarper, turn tail, lam [N. Amer], run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away, leg it [Brit]
     
  3. 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";
    - go, pass, lead, extend
     
  4. Direct or control (projects, businesses, etc.)
    "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan";
    - operate
     
  5. Have a particular form
    "the story or argument runs as follows";
    - go
     
  6. Move along, of liquids
    "Water ran into the cave";
    - flow, feed, course
     
  7. Perform as expected when applied
    "Does this old car still run well?";
    - function, work, operate, go
     
  8. Change or be different within limits
    "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent";
    - range
     
  9. Stand or compete for an office or a position
    "Who's running for treasurer this year?";
    - campaign
     
  10. Cause to emit recorded audio or video
    "They ran the tapes over and over again";
    - play
     
  11. 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"
     
  12. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    "These dresses run small";
    - tend, be given, lean, incline
     
  13. Be operating, running or functioning
    "The car is still running--turn it off!"
     
  14. Change from one state to another
    "run amok"; "run rogue"; "run riot"
     
  15. Cause to perform
    "run a subject"; "run a process"
     
  16. Be affected by; be subjected to
    "run a temperature"; "run a risk"
     
  17. Continue to exist
    "These stories run";
    - prevail, persist, die hard, endure
     
  18. Occur persistently
    "Musical talent runs in the family"
     
  19. Carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
    "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac";
    - execute
     
  20. Include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    "We ran the ad three times";
    - carry
     
  21. Carry out
    "run an errand"
     
  22. Pass over, across, or through
    "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine";
    - guide, draw, pass
     
  23. Cause something to lie along a particular path
    "Run the wire behind the cabinet";
    - lead
     
  24. (sport) make without a miss
     
  25. (crime) deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
    - black market
     
  26. Cause an animal to move fast
    "run the dogs"
     
  27. Be diffused
    "These dyes and colours are guaranteed not to run";
    - bleed
     
  28. Sail before the wind
     
  29. Cover by running; run a certain distance
    "She ran 10 miles that day"
     
  30. Extend or continue for a certain period of time
    "The film runs 5 hours";
    - run for
     
  31. Set animals loose to graze
     
  32. Keep company
    "the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring";
    - consort
     
  33. (sport) run with the ball; in such sports as football
     
  34. Travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
    "Run to the store!"; "She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there";
    - nip [Brit]
     
  35. Travel a route regularly
    "Ships run the waters near the coast";
    - ply
     
  36. Pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    "The dogs are running deer";
    - hunt, hunt down, track down
     
  37. Compete in a race
    "he is running the Marathon this year";
    - race
     
  38. Progress by being changed
    "run through your presentation before the meeting";
    - move, go
     
  39. Reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    - melt, melt down
     
  40. Come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
    "Her nylons were running";
    - ladder [Brit]
     
  41. Become undone
    "the sweater ran";
    - unravel
Noun: run  rún
  1. A score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
    "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th";
    - tally
     
  2. The act of testing something
    "in the experimental runs the amount of carbon was measured separately";
    - test, trial
     
  3. A race run on foot
    "she broke the record for the half-mile run";
    - footrace, foot race
     
  4. An unbroken series of events
    "Nicklaus had a run of birdies";
    - streak
     
  5. (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
    "the defensive line braced to stop the run";
    - running, running play, running game
     
  6. A regular trip
    "the ship made its run in record time"
     
  7. The act of running; travelling on foot at a fast pace
    "he broke into a run"; "his daily run keeps him fit";
    - running
     
  8. 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"
     
  9. Unrestricted freedom to use
    "he has the run of the house"
     
  10. The production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
    "a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint"
     
  11. A small stream
    - rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet
     
  12. A race between candidates for elective office
    "he is raising money for a Senate run";
    - political campaign, campaign
     
  13. A row of unravelled stitches
    "she got a run in her stocking";
    - ladder, ravel
     
  14. The pouring forth of a fluid
    - discharge, outpouring
     
  15. An unbroken chronological sequence
    "the play had a long run on Broadway"; "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
     
  16. A short trip
    "take a run into town";
    - sortie

Derived forms: run, runs, running, ran

See also: run along, run around, run off, run over

Type of: accompany, accomplish, action, apply, attempt, be, become, belt along, break, break up, bring home the bacon, broadcast, bucket along, cannonball along, capture, carry out, carry through, catch, change, chronological sequence, chronological succession, circularise [Brit], circularize, circulate, come apart, come through, compete, contend, continue, damage, deliver the goods, diffuse, direct, disintegrate, disperse, displace, disseminate, dissolve, distribute, effort, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], endure, enforce, execute, fall apart, fan out, flow, flowing, football play, free, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], get, go, go across, go away, go forth, go through, harm, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, impairment, implement, incur, indefinite quantity, jaunt, last, leave, liberate, liberty, locomote, locomotion, loose, make pass, merchandise, merchandize, move, occur, pass, pass around, pelt along, period, period of time, process, propagate, race, release, resolve, rush, rush along, sail, score, separate, sequence, speed, split up, spread, spread out, step on it, stream, succeed, succession, successiveness, time period, trade, travel, travel rapidly, treat, trip, try, unloose, unloosen, vie, watercourse, win, zip

Antonym: idle

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