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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
    "a running engine"
     
  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. Continually repeated over a period of time
    "a running joke among us"
     
  2. Measured lengthwise
    "cost of lumber per running foot";
    - linear
     
  3. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    "in running order";
    - operative, functional, working
     
  4. (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream
    "as mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"
     
  5. (football) of advancing the ball by running
    "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
     
  6. Executed or initiated by running
    "running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"
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 [informal], scarper [Brit, informal], turn tail [informal], lam [N. Amer, informal], run away, hightail it [N. Amer, informal], bunk [informal], head for the hills [informal], take to the woods [informal], escape, fly the coop [informal], break away, leg it [Brit, informal]
     
  3. Cover by running; run a certain distance
    "She ran 10 miles that day"
     
  4. Perform as expected when applied
    "Does this old car still run well?";
    - function, work, operate, go
     
  5. Be operating, running or functioning
    "The car is still running--turn it off!"
     
  6. Carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
    "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac";
    - execute
     
  7. 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
     
  8. Direct or control (projects, businesses, etc.)
    "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan";
    - operate
     
  9. Have a particular form
    "the story or argument runs as follows";
    - go
     
  10. Move along, of liquids
    "Water ran into the cave";
    - flow, feed, course
     
  11. Change or be different within limits
    "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent";
    - range
     
  12. Stand or compete for an office or a position
    "Who's running for treasurer this year?";
    - campaign
     
  13. Cause to emit recorded audio or video
    "They ran the tapes over and over again";
    - play
     
  14. 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"
     
  15. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    "These dresses run small";
    - tend, be given, lean, incline
     
  16. Change from one state to another
    "run amok"; "run rogue"; "run riot"
     
  17. Cause to perform
    "run a subject"; "run a process"
     
  18. Be affected by; be subjected to
    "run a temperature"; "run a risk"
     
  19. Continue to exist
    "These stories run";
    - prevail, persist, die hard, endure
     
  20. Occur persistently
    "Musical talent runs in the family"
     
  21. Include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    "We ran the ad three times";
    - carry
     
  22. Carry out
    "run an errand"
     
  23. Pass over, across, or through
    "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine";
    - guide, draw, pass
     
  24. Cause something to lie along a particular path
    "Run the wire behind the cabinet";
    - lead
     
  25. Cause an animal to move fast
    "run the dogs"
     
  26. Sail before the wind
     
  27. Extend or continue for a certain period of time
    "The film runs 5 hours";
    - run for
     
  28. Set animals loose to graze
     
  29. Keep company
    "the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring";
    - consort
     
  30. Travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
    "Run to the store!"; "She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there";
    - nip [Brit, informal]
     
  31. Travel a route regularly
    "Ships run the waters near the coast";
    - ply
     
  32. Compete in a race
    "he is running the Marathon this year";
    - race
     
  33. Progress by being changed
    "run through your presentation before the meeting";
    - move, go
     
  34. Reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
    - melt, melt down
     
  35. Come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
    "Her nylons were running";
    - ladder [Brit]
     
  36. Become undone
    "the sweater ran";
    - unravel
     
  37. Pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    "The dogs are running deer";
    - hunt, hunt down, track down
     
  38. Be diffused
    "These dyes and colours are guaranteed not to run";
    - bleed
     
  39. (sport) run with the ball; in such sports as football
     
  40. (sport) make without a miss
     
  41. (crime) deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
    - black market

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, barrel [informal], be, become, belt [informal], belt along [informal], break, break up, bring home the bacon [informal], broadcast, bucket [informal], bucket along [informal], capture, carry out, carry through, catch, change, circularise [Brit], circularize, circulate, come apart, come through, come up trumps [Brit, informal], 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 away, go forth, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, implement, incur, jaunt, last, leave, liberate, locomote, locomotion, loose, make pass, merchandise, merchandize, move, occur, off [informal], operation, pass, pass around, pelt [informal], pelt along [informal], process, propagate, race, release, resolve, rocket [informal], rush, rush along, sail, separate, speed, split up, spread, spread out, step on it [informal], succeed, track and field, trade, travel, travel rapidly, treat, trip, turn up trumps [Brit, informal], unloose, unloosen, vie, whizz [informal], whizz along [informal], win, wing [informal], zip [informal], zoom, zoom along

Antonym: idle, passing, standing

Part of: track meet [N. Amer]

Encyclopedia: Running, Steve

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