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verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] (TRAVEL)    /rʌn/ (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
B2 to (cause something to) travel, move, or continue in a particular way: Trains are still running, despite the snow. A bus runs (= goes on a particular route at particular times) three times a day into town. Skis are waxed on the bottom so that they run smoothly over the snow. The route/railway/road runs (= goes) across the border/into Italy/through the mountains. A climbing rose bush runs (= grows) around the front door. There's a beautiful cornice running around/round all the ceilings. The film runs (= lasts) for two hours. The show/course/film runs (= continues) for another week. A magazine subscription usually only runs (= can be used) for one year. Buses are running an hour late, because of an earlier accident. The truck's brakes failed and it ran (= went) off the road. Trains run on rails (= move along on top of them). Electricity is running through (= moving along within) this cable. An angry muttering ran through (= went through) the crowd. A shiver of fear ran through his (body). She ran her finger along/down the page/list, looking for her name. Could you run the tape/film/video back/forwards, please? Could you possibly run me (= take me in your car) home/to the station? He ran (= pushed) his fingers through his hair and looked up at me.Advancing and moving forwardContinue and last
(Definition of run verb (TRAVEL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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