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run to sth

verb uk phrasal verb with run   /rʌn/ ( present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run) us  

(SIZE)

to reach a particular amount, level, or size: The new encyclopedia runs to several thousand pages.

(MONEY)

to have enough money to buy something or (of an income, etc.) to be enough to buy something: I can lend you €1,000, but I can't run to more than that. My salary won't run to foreign holidays.

(ACTIVITY)

If your taste or skill runs to something, that is the type of thing that you enjoy or can manage to do: I doubt if his musical taste runs to opera. I'm afraid my cooking skills don't run to fancy cakes and desserts.
Translations of “run to sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 達到…
in Chinese (Simplified) 达到…
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