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run verb
1. (travel_rapidly) 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"
2. (be) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Related: go, pass, lead, extend
  • "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
  • "His knowledge doesn't go very far"
  • "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
  • "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
3. (be) have a particular form
Related: go
  • "the story or argument runs as follows"
  • "as the saying goes..."
4. (move) move along, of liquids
Related: flow, feed, course
  • "Water flowed into the cave"
  • "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
5. (travel) 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"
6. (function) be operating, running or functioning
Antonyms: idle
  • "The car is still running--turn it off!"
7. (become) change from one state to another
  • "run amok"
  • "run rogue"
  • "run riot"
8. (process) cause to perform
  • "run a subject"
  • "run a process"
9. (incur) be affected by; be subjected to
  • "run a temperature"
  • "run a risk"
10. (occur) occur persistently
  • "Musical talent runs in the family"
11. (enforce) carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
Related: execute
  • "Run the dishwasher"
  • "run a new program on the Mac"
  • "the computer executed the instruction"
12. (carry_through) carry out
  • "run an errand"
13. (pass) cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Related: lead
  • "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
14. (succeed) make without a miss
15. (trade) deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
Related: black_market
16. (move) cause an animal to move fast
  • "run the dogs"
17. (diffuse) be diffused
Related: bleed
  • "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
18. (sail) sail before the wind
19. (pass) cover by running; run a certain distance
  • "She ran 10 miles that day"
20. (last) extend or continue for a certain period of time
Related: run_for
  • "The film runs 5 hours"
21. (free) set animals loose to graze
22. (accompany) keep company
Related: consort
  • "the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring"
23. (run) run with the ball; in such sports as football
24. (travel) travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
  • "Run to the store!"
  • "She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"
25. (disintegrate) become undone
Related: unravel
  • "the sweater unraveled"
run noun
1. (score) a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
Related: tally
  • "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"
  • "their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
2. (football_play) (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
Related: running, running_play, running_game
  • "the defensive line braced to stop the run"
  • "the coach put great emphasis on running"
3. (trip) a regular trip
  • "the ship made its run in record time"
4. (locomotion) the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
Related: running
  • "he broke into a run"
  • "his daily run keeps him fit"
5. (time_period) 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"
6. (liberty) unrestricted freedom to use
  • "he has the run of the house"
7. (indefinite_quantity) the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
  • "a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint"
8. (damage) a row of unravelled stitches
Related: ladder, ravel
  • "she got a run in her stocking"
9. (sequence) an unbroken chronological sequence
  • "the play had a long run on Broadway"
  • "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
10. (trip) a short trip
  • "take a run into town"
carry verb
1. (circulate) include as the content; broadcast or publicize
Related: run
  • "We ran the ad three times"
  • "This paper carries a restaurant review"
  • "All major networks carried the press conference"
function verb
1. perform as expected when applied
Related: work, operate, go, run
Antonyms: malfunction
  • "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"
test noun
1. (attempt) the act of testing something
Related: trial, run
  • "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
  • "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
play verb
1. cause to emit recorded audio or video
Related: run
  • "They ran the tapes over and over again"
  • "I'll play you my favorite record"
  • "He never tires of playing that video"
range verb
1. (be) change or be different within limits
Related: run
  • "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"
move verb
1. (change) progress by being changed
Related: go, run
  • "The speech has to go through several more drafts"
  • "run through your presentation before the meeting"
race verb
1. (compete) compete in a race
Related: run
  • "he is running the Marathon this year"
  • "let's race and see who gets there first"
tend verb
1. (be) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
Related: be_given, lean, incline, run
  • "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"
  • "These dresses run small"
  • "He inclined to corpulence"
guide verb
1. (wipe) pass over, across, or through
Related: run, draw, pass
  • "He ran his eyes over her body"
  • "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"
  • "He drew her hair through his fingers"
operate verb
1. (direct) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
Related: run
  • "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
campaign verb
1. (race) run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
Related: run
  • "Who's running for treasurer this year?"
discharge noun
1. (flow) the pouring forth of a fluid
Related: outpouring, run
prevail verb
1. (continue) continue to exist
Related: persist, die_hard, run, endure
  • "These stories die hard"
  • "The legend of Elvis endures"
hunt verb
1. (capture) pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
Related: run, hunt_down, track_down
  • "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"
  • "The dogs are running deer"
  • "The Duke hunted in these woods"
ladder verb
1. (break) come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
Related: run
  • "Her nylons were running"
melt verb
1. (dissolve) reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
Related: run, melt_down
  • "melt butter"
  • "melt down gold"
  • "The wax melted in the sun"
streak noun
1. (succession) an unbroken series of events
Related: run
  • "had a streak of bad luck"
  • "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
ply verb
1. (travel) travel a route regularly
Related: run
  • "Ships ply the waters near the coast"
scat verb
1. (leave) flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
Related: run, scarper, turn_tail, lam, run_away, hightail_it, bunk, head_for_the_hills, take_to_the_woods, escape, fly_the_coop, break_away
  • "If you see this man, run!"
  • "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
footrace noun
1. (race) a race run on foot
Related: foot_race, run
  • "she broke the record for the half-mile run"
rivulet noun
1. (stream) a small stream
Related: rill, run, runnel, streamlet
political_campaign noun
1. (race) a race between candidates for elective office
Related: campaign, run
  • "I managed his campaign for governor"
  • "he is raising money for a Senate run"
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