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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)

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.

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_?"