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English definition of “run”


verb (SHOW)    /rʌn/ (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
C1 [T] to show something in a newspaper or magazine, on television, etc.: All the newspapers ran (= printed) stories about the new peace talks. Channel 4 is running a series on the unfairness of the legal system.Newspapers and magazinesBroadcasting in general [I] Indian English If a film is running at a particular place, you can see it there: What's running at the the Metro this week?
(Definition of run verb (SHOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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