(noun, adjective, verb)


1. In a liquid state; melted or molten.

- Put some run butter on the vegetables.

2. Cast in a mould.

3. Exhausted; depleted (especially with "down" or "out").

4. (of a fish) Travelled, migrated; having made a migration or a spawning run.


1. a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely

- the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th

Similar word(s): tally

Definition categories: act, score

2. the act of testing something

Similar word(s): test, trial

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

3. a race run on foot

- she broke the record for the half-mile run

Similar word(s): footrace

Definition categories: event, race

4. an unbroken series of events

- Nicklaus had a run of birdies

Similar word(s): streak

Definition categories: group, succession

5. (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

- the defensive line braced to stop the run

- the coach put great emphasis on running

Similar word(s): running

Definition categories: act

6. a regular trip

- the ship made its run in record time

Definition categories: act, trip

7. the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace

- he broke into a run

- his daily run keeps him fit

Similar word(s): running

Definition categories: act, locomotion, travel

8. 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

Definition categories: time, period

9. unrestricted freedom to use

- he has the run of the house

Definition categories: state, liberty

10. the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)

- a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint

Definition categories: quantity

11. a small stream

Similar word(s): rill, rivulet, runnel, streamlet

Definition categories: object, stream, watercourse

12. a race between candidates for elective office

- he is raising money for a Senate run

Similar word(s): campaign

Definition categories: event, race

13. a row of unravelled stitches

- she got a run in her stocking

Similar word(s): ladder, ravel

Definition categories: event, damage, harm, impairment

14. the pouring forth of a fluid

Similar word(s): discharge, outpouring

Definition categories: event, flow, flowing

15. an unbroken chronological sequence

- the play had a long run on Broadway

- the team enjoyed a brief run of victories

Definition categories: attribute, sequence, succession, successiveness

16. a short trip

- take a run into town

Definition categories: act, trip

Sentences with run as a noun:

- I just got back from my morning run.

- I need to make a run to the store.

- Let's go for a run in the car.

- The bus on the Cherry Street run is always crowded.

- Which run did you do today?

- a good run; a run of fifty miles

- a run to China

- He set up a rabbit run.

- I’m having a run of bad luck.

- He went to Las Vegas and spent all his money over a three-day run.

- The data got lost, so I'll have to perform another run of the experiment.

- The constant run of water from the faucet annoys me.

- a run of must in wine-making

- the first run of sap in a maple orchard

- The military campaign near that creek was known as "The battle of Bull Run".

- The book’s initial press run will be 5,000 copies.

- Yesterday we did a run of 12,000 units.

- The run of the show lasted two weeks, and we sold out every night.

- It is the last week of our French cinema run.

- Financial insecurity led to a run on the banks, as customers feared for the security of their savings.

- There was a run on Christmas presents.

- He stood out from the usual run of applicants.

- […] one of the greatest runs of all time.

- He can have the run of the house.

- I have a run in my stocking.

- This was my first successful run without losing any health.


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

Definition categories: motion, hurry, speed, zip

2. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

- If you see this man, run!

Similar word(s): bunk, escape, lam, scarper, scat

Definition categories: motion, leave

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

Similar word(s): extend, go, lead, pass

Definition categories: stative, be

4. direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

- She is running a relief operation in the Sudan

Similar word(s): operate

Definition categories: social, direct

5. have a particular form

- the story or argument runs as follows

Similar word(s): go

Definition categories: stative, be

6. move along, of liquids

Similar word(s): course, feed, flow

Definition categories: motion, move

7. perform as expected when applied

- Does this old car still run well?

Similar word(s): function, go, operate, work

Definition categories: contact

8. change or be different within limits

- Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent

Similar word(s): range

Definition categories: stative, be

9. run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

- Who's running for treasurer this year?

Similar word(s): campaign

Definition categories: competition, race, run

10. cause to emit recorded audio or video

Similar word(s): play

Definition categories: creation

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

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

12. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

- These dresses run small

Similar word(s): incline, lean, tend

Definition categories: stative, be

13. be operating, running or functioning

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

Definition categories: contact, function, go, operate, run, work

14. change from one state to another

- run amok

- run rogue

- run riot

Definition categories: change, become, get, go

15. cause to perform

- run a subject

- run a process

Definition categories: change, process, treat

16. be affected by; be subjected to

- run a temperature

- run a risk

Definition categories: stative, incur

17. continue to exist

Similar word(s): endure, persist, prevail

Definition categories: stative, continue

18. occur persistently

- Musical talent runs in the family

Definition categories: stative, occur

19. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

- Run the dishwasher

- run a new program on the Mac

Similar word(s): execute

Definition categories: social, apply, enforce, implement

20. include as the content; broadcast or publicize

Similar word(s): carry

Definition categories: creation, broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, propagate, spread

21. carry out

- run an errand

Definition categories: creation, accomplish, action, execute, fulfil, fulfill

22. pass over, across, or through

Similar word(s): draw, guide, pass

Definition categories: contact

23. cause something to pass or lead somewhere

- Run the wire behind the cabinet

Similar word(s): lead

Definition categories: stative, pass

24. make without a miss

Definition categories: social, succeed, win

25. deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor

Definition categories: possession, merchandise, trade

26. cause an animal to move fast

- run the dogs

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

27. be diffused

- These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run

Similar word(s): bleed

Definition categories: motion, diffuse, spread

28. sail before the wind

Definition categories: motion, sail

29. cover by running; run a certain distance

Definition categories: motion, pass

30. extend or continue for a certain period of time

- The film runs 5 hours

Definition categories: stative, endure, last

31. set animals loose to graze

Definition categories: social, free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen

32. keep company

- the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring

Similar word(s): consort

Definition categories: motion, accompany

33. run with the ball; in such sports as football

Definition categories: motion, run

34. travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means

- Run to the store!

- She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

35. travel a route regularly

Similar word(s): ply

Definition categories: motion, jaunt, travel, trip

36. pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

- The dogs are running deer

Similar word(s): hunt

Definition categories: competition, capture, catch

37. compete in a race

- he is running the Marathon this year

Similar word(s): race

Definition categories: competition, compete, contend, vie

38. progress by being changed

- run through your presentation before the meeting

Similar word(s): go, move

Definition categories: change

39. reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

Similar word(s): melt

Definition categories: change, dissolve, resolve

40. come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

- Her nylons were running

Similar word(s): ladder

Definition categories: change, break, separate

41. become undone

Similar word(s): unravel

Definition categories: change, disintegrate

Sentences with run as a verb:

- Run, Sarah, run!

- The horse ran the length of the track.  I have been running all over the building looking for him.  Sorry, I've got to run; my house is on fire.

- Every day I run my dog across the field and back.  I'll just run the vacuum cleaner over the carpet.  Run your fingers through my hair.  Can you run these data through the program for me and tell me whether it gives an error?

- The horse will run the Preakness next year.  I'm not ready to run a marathon.

- The horse ran a great race.  He is running an expensive campaign.

- Whenever things get tough, she cuts and runs.  When he's broke, he runs to me for money.

- There's a strange story running around the neighborhood.  The flu is running through my daughter's kindergarten.

- The river runs through the forest.  There's blood running down your leg.

- Your nose is running.  Why is the hose still running?  My cup runneth over.

- You'll have to run the water a while before it gets hot.  Run the tap until the water gets hot.

- to run bullets

- run a red light or stop sign;  run a blockade

- My uncle ran a corner store for forty years.  She runs the fundraising.  My parents think they run my life.

- I have decided to run for governor of California.  We're trying to find somebody to run against him next year.

- He ran his best horse in the Derby.  The Green Party is running twenty candidates in this election.

- to run through life;  to run in a circle

- The story will run on the 6-o'clock news.  The latest Robin Williams movie is running at the Silver City theatre.  Her picture ran on the front page of the newspaper.

- run a story;  run an ad

- Could you run me over to the store?  Please run this report upstairs to director's office.

- to run guns;  to run rum

- Looks like we're gonna have to run the tomatoes again.

- The border runs for 3000 miles.  The leash runs along a wire.  The grain of the wood runs to the right on this table.  It ran in quality from excellent to substandard.

- The sale will run for ten days.  The contract runs through 2008.  The meeting ran late.  The book runs 655 pages.  The speech runs as follows: …

- I need to run this wire along the wall.

- My car stopped running.  That computer runs twenty-four hours a day.  Buses don't run here on Sunday.

- It's full. You can run the dishwasher now.  Don't run the engine so fast.

- They ran twenty blood tests on me and they still don't know what's wrong.  Our coach had us running plays for the whole practice.  I will run the sample.  Don't run that software unless you have permission.  My computer is too old to run the new OS.

- to run from one subject to another

- Our supplies are running low.  They frequently overspent and soon ran into debt.

- Buying a new laptop will run you a thousand dollars.  Laptops run about a thousand dollars apiece.

- My stocking is running.

- to run a sword into or through the body;  to run a nail into one's foot

- to run a line

- to run the risk of losing one's life

- Every three or four hands he would run the table.

- Boys and girls run up rapidly.

- Certain covenants run with the land.