1. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: travel_rapidly trot scurry outrun lope sprint run_bases hare rush jog streak romp frolic skylark runner
2. [ verb ] flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
Synonyms: run_away lam fly_the_coop bunk turn_tail escape break_away head_for_the_hills hightail_it take_to_the_woods scarper

"If you see this man, run!" "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

Related terms: leave flee skedaddle fugitive
3. [ verb ] stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Synonyms: extend lead go pass

"Service runs all the way to Cranbury" "His knowledge doesn't go very far" "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"

Related terms: be come go_far radiate reach line range
4. [ verb ] direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
Synonyms: operate

"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

Related terms: direct warm_up work financier block operator running
5. [ noun ] (baseball,sport) a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
Synonyms: tally

"the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th" or "their first tally came in the 3rd inning"

Related terms: score earned_run unearned_run run_batted_in tally
6. [ verb ] have a particular form
Synonyms: go

"the story or argument runs....", "as the saying goes..."

Related terms: be
7. [ verb ] move along, of liquids
Synonyms: flow feed course

"Water flowed into the cave" "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

Related terms: move seep pour drain eddy flush run_down trickle tide spill circulate jet gutter spill waste stream be_due overflow flow course discharge
8. [ verb ] perform as expected when applied
Synonyms: operate work function go

"The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in" "Does this old car still run well?" "This old radio doesn't work anymore"

Related terms: malfunction service roll double cut pan_out work operation
9. [ verb ] change or be different within limits
Synonyms: range

"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion" "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals" My students range from very bright to dull"

Related terms: be scope range
10. [ verb ] (sport,politics) run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
Synonyms: campaign

"Who's running for treasurer this year?"

Related terms: race cross-file stump rerun barnstorm political_campaign
11. [ noun ] the act of testing something
Synonyms: trial test

"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

Related terms: attempt pilot_project assay field_trial clinical_test fitting ministry_of_transportation_test double_blind audition Snellen_test preclinical_phase move
12. [ verb ] cause to be emit recorded sounds
Synonyms: play

: "They ran the tapes over and over again" "Can you play my favorite record?"

Related terms: play play
13. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: travel
14. [ verb ] change from one state to another

"run amok" "run rogue", "run riot"

Related terms: become
15. [ verb ] be operating, running or functioning, as of engines or machines

"The car is still running--turn it off!"

Related terms: idle go go running
16. [ verb ] have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
Synonyms: tend incline lean be_given

"She tends to be nervous before her lectures" "These dresses run small" "He inclined to corpulence"

Related terms: be take_kindly_to gravitate suffer inclination leaning inclination
17. [ verb ] cause to perform

"run a subject" "run a process"

Related terms: process rerun play
18. [ noun ] (sport) a race run on foot
Synonyms: foot_race footrace

"she broke the record for the half-mile run"

Related terms: race steeplechase marathon track_event fun_run obstacle_race race
19. [ verb ] occur persistently

"Musical talent runs in the family"

Related terms: be occur prevail
20. [ verb ] guide or pass over something;
Synonyms: pass draw guide

"He ran his eyes over her body" "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine" "He drew her hair through his fingers"

Related terms: rub thread thread wipe circulate go_around string
21. [ verb ] continue to exist
Synonyms: persist prevail endure die_hard

"These stories die hard" "The legend of Elvis endures"

Related terms: continue carry_over reverberate
22. [ verb ] carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
Synonyms: execute

"Run the dishwasher" "run a new program on the Mac" "the computer executed the instruction"

Related terms: enforce step play
23. [ verb ] be affected by; be subjected to; as in "run a temperature," "run a risk"
Related terms: incur
24. [ verb ] carry out

"run an errand"

Related terms: carry_through
25. [ verb ] include as the content; broadcast or publicize
Synonyms: carry

"We ran the ad three times" "This paper carries a restaurant review" "All major networks carried the press conference"

Related terms: circulate go_around
26. [ noun ] the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
Synonyms: running

"he broke into a run" "his daily run keeps him fit"

Related terms: locomotion dash
27. [ verb ] be diffused
Synonyms: bleed

"These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"

Related terms: diffuse crock melt
28. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) Nautical language: sail before the wind
Related terms: sail
29. [ verb ] cause an animal to move fast

"run the dogs"

Related terms: move hunt
30. [ verb ] (business) deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
Synonyms: black_market
Related terms: trade crime ply black_market
31. [ verb ] (sport) make without a miss; in sports or games
Related terms: succeed sport
32. [ noun ] an unbroken series of events
Synonyms: streak

: "a succession of failures" "had a streak of bad luck" "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"

Related terms: succession losing_streak winning_streak
33. [ noun ] (sport,american football) a football play in which a player runs with the ball
Synonyms: running running_game running_play

"the defensive line braced to stop the run" "the coach put great emphasis on running"

Related terms: football_play rush return draw end_run reverse American_football
34. [ verb ] cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Synonyms: lead

"Run the wire behind the cabinet"

Related terms: pass range guide
35. [ noun ] (transportation) a regular trip

"the ship made its run in record time"

Related terms: trip ply
36. [ verb ] cover by running; run a certain distance

"She ran 10 miles that day"

Related terms: pass
37. [ verb ] keep company
Synonyms: consort

"the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring"

Related terms: accompany consort
38. [ verb ] (american football) run with the ball; in sports, such as football
Related terms: sport
39. [ verb ] (sport) compete in a race
Synonyms: race

"he is running the Marathon this year" "let's race and see who gets there first"

Related terms: compete campaign boat-race horse-race place speed_skate show run_off race race footrace racing racer
40. [ verb ] be in the running; compete for a certain position

"Who's running this year?"

Related terms: compete
41. [ verb ] progress by being changed
Synonyms: go move

: "The speech has to go through several more drafts" "run through your presentation before the meeting"

Related terms: change test
42. [ verb ] set animals loose to graze
Related terms: free
43. [ verb ] pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
Synonyms: hunt track_down hunt_down

"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland" "The dogs are running deer" "The Duke hunted in these woods"

Related terms: capture scrounge forage poach still-hunt snipe drive whale seal foxhunt drive snipe rabbit jacklight falcon fowl tree ferret course turtle hawk fowl hunt hunt hunter hunt
44. [ verb ] extend or continue for a certain period of time
Synonyms: run_for

"The film runs 5 hours"

Related terms: last
45. [ verb ] force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
Synonyms: drive ram force

"She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

Related terms: thrust toe hammer_in screw drive_home drive drive campaign
46. [ noun ] (geography) a small stream
Synonyms: rivulet streamlet runnel rill
Related terms: stream
47. [ noun ] a row of unravelled stitches
Synonyms: ravel ladder

"she got a run in her stocking"

Related terms: damage ravel ladder
48. [ verb ] (transportation) travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means

"Run to the store!" "She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"

Related terms: travel
49. [ verb ] come unraveled or undone as if by snagging, of stockings
Synonyms: ladder

"Her nylons were running"

Related terms: break
50. [ verb ] become undone, as of clothes such as knitted fabrics
Synonyms: unravel

"the sweater unraveled"

Related terms: disintegrate ladder
51. [ noun ] (politics) a race between candidates for elective office
Synonyms: campaign political_campaign

"I managed his campaign for governor" "he is raising money for a Senate run"

Related terms: race governor's_race senate_campaign whispering_campaign campaign
52. [ noun ] unrestricted freedom to use

"he has the run of the house"

Related terms: liberty
53. [ verb ] travel a route regularly
Synonyms: ply

"Ships ply the waters near the coast"

Related terms: travel
54. [ noun ] an unbroken chronological sequence

"the play had a long run on Broadway" "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"

Related terms: sequence
55. [ verb ] reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
Synonyms: melt melt_down

"melt butter" "melt down gold" "The wax melted in the sun"

Related terms: dissolve fuse try thaw
56. [ noun ] the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)

"a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint"

Related terms: indefinite_quantity
57. [ noun ] the pouring forth of a fluid
Synonyms: outpouring discharge
Related terms: flow escape jet
58. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: time_period run-time press_run
59. [ noun ] (transportation) a short trip

"take a run into town"

Related terms: trip
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