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French translation of “run”

run

verb /ran/ (present participle running, past tense ran /rӕn/, past participle run)
(of a person or animal) to move quickly, faster than walking
courir
He ran down the road.
to move smoothly
marcher, rouler
Trains run on rails.
(of water etc) to flow
couler
Rivers run to the sea The tap is running.
(of a machine etc) to work or operate
marcher, fonctionner
The engine is running He ran the motor to see if it was working.
to organize or manage
diriger
He runs the business very efficiently.
to race
courir
Is your horse running this afternoon?
(of buses, trains etc) to travel regularly
assurer le service
The buses run every half hour The train is running late.
to last or continue; to go on
tenir l’affiche
The play ran for six weeks.
to own and use, especially of cars
avoir
He runs a Rolls Royce.
(of colour) to spread
déteindre
When I washed my new dress the colour ran.
to drive (someone); to give (someone) a lift
conduire
He ran me to the station.
to move (something)
passer
She ran her fingers through his hair He ran his eyes over the letter.
(in certain phrases) to be or become
devenir
The river ran dry My blood ran cold (= I was afraid).
runner noun a person who runs
coureur/-euse
There are five runners in this race.
the long narrow part on which a sledge etc moves
patin
He polished the runners of the sledge an ice-skate runner.
a long stem of a plant which puts down roots.
stolon
running adjective of or for running
de course
running shoes.
continuous
commentaire suivi
a running commentary on the football match.
runny adjective liquid; watery
(trop) liquide
Do you like your egg yolk firm or runny? The baby has a runny nose.
runaway noun a person, animal etc that runs away
fugitif/-ive
The police caught the two runaways (also adjective) a runaway horse.
run-down adjective tired or exhausted because one has worked too hard
épuisé
He feels run-down.
runner-up noun a person, thing etc that is second in a race or competition
second/-onde
My friend won the prize and I was the runner-up.
runway noun a wide path from which aircraft take off and on which they land
piste (d’envol/d’atterrissage)
The plane landed on the runway.
in/out of the running having (no) chance of success
au pas; rompre le pas
She’s in the running for the job of director.
on the run escaping; running away
en fuite
He’s on the run from the police.
run across to meet
rencontrer qqn par hasard
I ran across an old friend.
run after to chase
courir après
The dog ran after a cat.
run aground (of a ship) to become stuck on rocks etc
s’échouer
The cruise ship ran aground on some rocks just outside the harbour.
run along to go away
se sauver
Run along now, children!
run away to escape
s’enfuir
He ran away from school.
(with with) to steal
s’enfuir (avec)
He ran away with all her money.
(with with) to go too fast etc to be controlled by
s’emballer
The horse ran away with him.
run down (of a clock, battery etc) to finish working
s’arrêter
My watch has run down – it needs rewinding.
(of a vehicle or driver) to knock down
renverser
I was run down by a bus.
to speak badly of
dénigrer
He is always running me down.
run for to stand for election for
se présenter à
He is running for president.
run for it to try to escape
se sauver
Quick – run for it!
run in to get (a new engine etc) working properly
roder
In the old days cars needed running in.
run into to meet
tomber sur
I ran into her in the street.
to crash into or collide with
rentrer dans
The car ran into a lamp-post.
run its course to develop or happen in the usual way
suivre son cours
The fever ran its course.
run off to print or copy
tirer
I want 500 copies run off at once.
(with with) to steal or take away
partir avec
He ran off with my wife.
run out (of a supply) to come to an end
s’épuiser
The food has run out.
(with of) to have no more
manquer de
We’ve run out of money.
run over (of a vehicle or driver) to knock down or drive over
écraser
Don’t let the dog out of the garden or he’ll get run over.
to repeat for practice
revoir
Let’s run over the plan again.
run a temperature to have a fever
avoir (de la fièvre)
She has a fever and is running a temperature.
run through to look at, deal with etc, one after another
parcourir
He ran through their instructions.
run to to have enough money for
pouvoir se permettre (d’acheter)
We can’t run to a new car this year.
run up to hoist (a flag)
hisser
They ran the flag up the pole.
to make quickly or roughly
confectionner
I can run up a dress in a couple of hours.
to collect up, accumulate (debts)
laisser accumuler
He ran up an enormous bill.
run wild to go out of control
faire le fou; retourner à l’état sauvage
They let their children run wild The garden was running wild.
(Definition of run from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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