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Definition of "run" [run]

  • To move swiftly on foot so that both feet leave the ground during each stride. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move at a fast gallop. Used of a horse. (verb-intransitive)
  • To retreat rapidly; flee: seized the money and ran. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move without hindrance or restraint: dogs that always ran loose. (verb-intransitive)
  • To go or move about from place to place; roam: I am always running about, looking for my glasses. (verb-intransitive)
  • (of a two-legged creature) to move on foot at a rapid pace so that both feet are off the ground together for part of each stride (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a four-legged creature) to move at a rapid gait; gallop or canter (verb)
  • To pass over (a distance, route, etc) in running (verb)
  • To run in or finish a race as specified, esp in a particular position (verb)
  • To perform or accomplish by or as if by running (verb)
  • To flee; run away (verb)
  • To bring into a specified state or condition by running (verb)
  • To track down or hunt (an animal) (verb)
  • To move about freely and without restraint (verb)
  • To go or have recourse, as for aid, assistance, etc (verb)
  • To set (animals) loose on (a field or tract of land) so as to graze freely (verb)
  • To make a short trip or brief informal visit (verb)
  • To move quickly and easily on wheels by rolling, or in any of certain other ways (verb)
  • To move or cause to move with a specified result or in a specified manner (verb)
  • To move or pass or cause to move or pass quickly (verb)
  • To force, thrust, or drive (verb)
  • To drive or maintain and operate (a vehicle) (verb)
  • To give a lift to (someone) in a vehicle; transport (verb)
  • To ply or cause to ply between places on a route (verb)
  • To operate or be operated; function or cause to function (verb)
  • To perform or carry out (verb)
  • To be in charge of; manage (verb)
  • To extend or continue or cause to extend or continue in a particular direction, for a particular duration or distance, etc (verb)
  • To have legal force or effect (verb)
  • To accompany; be an integral part of or adjunct to (verb)
  • To be subjected to, be affected by, or incur (verb)
  • To be characterized (by); tend or incline (verb)
  • To recur persistently or be inherent (verb)
  • To cause or allow (liquids) to flow or (of liquids) to flow, esp in a manner specified (verb)
  • To melt and flow (verb)
  • To melt or fuse (verb)
  • To mould or cast (molten metal) (verb)
  • (of waves, tides, rivers, etc) to rise high, surge, or be at a specified height (verb)
  • To be diffused (verb)
  • (of stitches) to unravel or come undone or (of a garment) to have stitches unravel or come undone (verb)
  • To sew (an article) with continuous stitches (verb)
  • (of growing vines, creepers, etc) to trail, spread, or climb (verb)
  • To spread or circulate quickly (verb)
  • To be stated or reported (verb)
  • To publish or print or be published or printed in a newspaper, magazine, etc (verb)
  • To be a candidate or present as a candidate for political or other office (verb)
  • To get past or through; evade (verb)
  • To deal in (arms, etc), esp by importing illegally (verb)
  • To sail (a vessel, esp a sailing vessel) or (of such a vessel) to be sailed with the wind coming from astern (verb)
  • To migrate upstream from the sea, esp in order to spawn (verb)
  • To swim rapidly in any area of water, esp during migration (verb)
  • To score (a run or number of runs) by hitting the ball and running between the wickets (verb)
  • To make (a number of successful shots) in sequence (verb)
  • To hit (the ball) so that it rolls along the ground (verb)
  • To cash (all one's winning cards in a long suit) successively (verb)
  • An act, instance, or period of running (noun)
  • A gait, pace, or motion faster than a walk (noun)
  • A distance covered by running or a period of running (noun)
  • An act, instance, or period of travelling in a vehicle, esp for pleasure (noun)
  • Free and unrestricted access (noun)
  • A period of time during which a machine, computer, etc, operates (noun)
  • The amount of work performed in such a period (noun)
  • A continuous or sustained period (noun)
  • A continuous sequence of performances (noun)
  • A sequence of winning cards in one suit, usually more than five (noun)
  • Tendency or trend (noun)
  • Type, class, or category (noun)
  • A continuous and urgent demand (noun)
  • A series of unravelled stitches, esp in stockings or tights; ladder (noun)
  • The characteristic pattern or direction of something (noun)
  • A continuous vein or seam of ore, coal, etc (noun)
  • The direction in which it lies (noun)
  • A period during which water or other liquid flows (noun)
  • The amount of such a flow (noun)
  • A pipe, channel, etc, through which water or other liquid flows (noun)
  • A small stream (noun)
  • A steeply inclined pathway or course, esp a snow-covered one used for skiing and bobsleigh racing (noun)
  • An enclosure for domestic fowls or other animals, in which they have free movement (noun)
  • (esp in Australia and New Zealand) a tract of land for grazing livestock (noun)
  • A track or area frequented by animals (noun)
  • A group of animals of the same species moving together (noun)
  • The migration of fish upstream in order to spawn (noun)
  • The tack of a sailing vessel in which the wind comes from astern (noun)
  • Part of the hull of a vessel near the stern where it curves upwards and inwards (noun)
  • A mission in a warplane (noun)
  • The movement of an aircraft along the ground during takeoff or landing (noun)
  • A rapid scalelike passage of notes (noun)
  • A score of one, normally achieved by both batsmen running from one end of the wicket to the other after one of them has hit the ball (noun)
  • An instance of a batter touching all four bases safely, thereby scoring (noun)
  • The distance that a ball rolls after hitting the ground (noun)

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Use "run" in a sentence
  • "Today, rather than run a network of secret torture centers as the Soviets 'proxy Mohammad Najibullah did, President Hamid Karzai has set himself up as a defender of the rights of Afghans detained in U. S.-run prisons, something that plays well with the population."
  • "Amber stands poised, as if ready to run -- _run away from me?"
  • "But can the fact of his uncles and aunts running less well than his fathers and mothers be a means of his fathers and mothers coming to run _better than they used to run_?"