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verb (GO QUICKLY)    /rʌn/ (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
A1 [I or T] (of people and some animals) to move along, faster than walking, by taking quick steps in which each foot is lifted before the next foot touches the ground: [+ to infinitive] The children had to run to keep up with their father. I can run a mile in five minutes. The sheep ran away/off in fright. A little girl ran up to (= came quickly beside) me, crying for her daddy. Are you running against each other or against the clock? The first two races will be run (off) (= will happen) in 20 minutes.Moving quickly [T] If you run an animal in a race, you cause it to take part: Thompson Stables are running three horses in the next race.Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting) [I + adv/prep] to go quickly or in a hurry: Would you run round to the post office and get me some stamps? You don't put on weight when you spend all day running round after small children.Moving quickly run for sth to run fast in order to get or avoid something: I ran for the bus but it drove off.Running away and escaping run on the spot to move your legs as if running, while you stay in one place: I run on the spot to warm up before I start training.Exercising and training
(Definition of run verb (GO QUICKLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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