run Definition

  • 1to move quickly on foot by taking steps in which each foot leaves the ground before the next foot touches the ground
  • 2to operate a machine or vehicle
  • 3to flow, especially a liquid

Using run: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "run" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I run every morning to stay fit.

  • Example

    He ran to catch the bus.

  • Example

    She runs her own business.

  • Example

    The river runs through the valley.

  • Example

    The car is running smoothly.

  • Example

    The computer program is still running.

  • Example

    Tears were running down her face.

  • Example

    The meeting ran late into the night.

run Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using run

  • to act in a frenzied or disorganized way


    After the fire alarm went off, everyone was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

  • to be in charge or control of something


    The CEO runs the show at the company.

  • to behave in an uncontrolled or unrestrained manner


    The children were running wild in the park.

Phrases with run

  • to use up all of something so that there is none left


    We've run out of milk. Can you go to the store and buy some more?

  • run for one's money

    a good challenge or competition


    The new team gave the champions a run for their money.

  • a trait or characteristic that is common among family members


    Her musical talent runs in the family.

Origins of run

from Old English 'rinnan', meaning 'to flow'


Summary: run in Brief

The verb 'run' [rʌn] has multiple meanings, including moving quickly on foot, operating a machine or vehicle, and flowing. It can refer to physical activities like jogging or sprinting, as well as non-physical activities like running a business or program. Common phrases include 'run out of,' 'run for one's money,' and 'run in the family,' while idioms include 'run around like a chicken with its head cut off,' 'run the show,' and 'run wild.'

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