Definition and Meanings for run

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Run is ranked 1,255 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of run

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of run

oe. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). as. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin to d. runnen, rennen, os. & ohg. rinnan, g. rinnen, rennen, icel. renna, rinna, sw. rinna, r, dan. rinde, rende, goth. rinnan, and perh. to l. oriri to rise, gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, skr. (cf. origin), or perh. to l. rivus brook (cf. rival). ember, a., rennet

Meaning of run


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective

  • to move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly, smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate or inanimate. hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a stream, a snake, a wagon, etc.; to move by quicker action than in walking, as a person, a horse, a dog.
  • to go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
  • to flee, as from fear or danger.
  • to steal off; to depart secretly.
  • to contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to become a candidate; as, to run for congress.
  • to pass from one state or condition to another; to come into a certain condition; -- often with in or into; as, to run into evil practices; to run in debt.
  • to exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through life; to run in a circle.;to pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run from one subject to another.
  • to discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; -- with on.;to make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank; -- with on.;to creep, as serpents.
  • to flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course; as, rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring; her blood ran cold.;to proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
  • to become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
  • to turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a wheel runs swiftly round.;to travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical means; to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to albany; the train runs to chicago.;to extend; to reach; as, the road runs from philadelphia to new york; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
  • to go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the stage runs between the hotel and the station.;to make progress; to proceed; to pass.
  • to continue in operation; to be kept in action or motion; as, this engine runs night and day; the mill runs six days in the week.
  • to have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west.
  • to be in form thus, as a combination of words.
  • to be popularly known; to be generally received.
  • to have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up rapidly.
  • to tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
  • to spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in washing.
  • to have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in force, effect, or operation; to follow; to go in company; as, certain covenants run with the land.
  • to continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has thirty days to run.;to discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.;to be played on the stage a number of successive days or nights; as, the piece ran for six months.;to sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels.
  • specifically, of a horse: to move rapidly in a gait in which each leg

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