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Noun: running  rú-ning
  1. (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 running play";
    - run, running play, running game
  2. The act of running; travelling on foot at a fast pace
    - run
  3. The state of being in operation
    "the engine is running smoothly"
  4. The act of administering or being in charge of something
    "he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
  5. The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    - track
Adjective: running  rú-ning
  1. (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream
    "as mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"
  2. Continually repeated over a period of time
    "a running joke among us"
  3. (football) of advancing the ball by running
    "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
  4. Executed or initiated by running
    "running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"
  5. Measured lengthwise
    "cost of lumber per running foot";
    - linear
  6. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    "in running order";
    - operative, functional, working
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

Derived forms: runnings

See also: continual, functioning, gushing, jetting, lengthways, lengthwise, pouring, run along, run around, run off, run over, spouting, spurting, squirting

Type of: accompany, accomplish, action, administration, apply, be, become, belt along, break, break up, bring home the bacon, broadcast, bucket along, cannonball along, capture, carry out, carry through, catch, change, circularise [Brit], circularize, circulate, come apart, come through, compete, contend, continue, deliver the goods, diffuse, direct, disintegrate, disperse, displace, disposal, disseminate, dissolve, distribute, endure, enforce, execute, fall apart, fan out, football play, free, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], get, go, go across, go away, go forth, go through, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, implement, incur, jaunt, last, leave, liberate, locomote, locomotion, loose, make pass, merchandise, merchandize, move, occur, operation, pass, pass around, pelt along, process, propagate, race, release, resolve, rush, rush along, sail, separate, speed, split up, spread, spread out, step on it, succeed, track and field, trade, travel, travel rapidly, treat, trip, unloose, unloosen, vie, win, zip

Antonym: idle, passing, standing

Part of: track meet [N. Amer]

Encyclopedia: Running, Jumping, Standing Still

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