Translation of "run" - English-French dictionary


verb /ran/ (present participle running, past tense ran /rӕn/, past participle run)

(of a person or animal) to move quickly, faster than walking

He ran down the road.

to move smoothly

marcher, rouler
Trains run on rails.

(of water etc) to flow

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

He runs the business very efficiently.

to race


(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

He runs a Rolls Royce.

(of colour) to spread

When I washed my new dress the colour ran.

to drive (someone); to give (someone) a lift

He ran me to the station.

to move (something)

She ran her fingers through his hair
He ran his eyes over the letter.

(in certain phrases) to be or become

The river ran dry
My blood ran cold (= I was afraid).
runner noun

a person who runs

There are five runners in this race.

the long narrow part on which a sledge etc moves

He polished the runners of the sledge
an ice-skate runner.

a long stem of a plant which puts down roots.

running adjective

of or for running

de course
running shoes.


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

The police caught the two runaways
(also adjective) a runaway horse.
run-down adjective

tired or exhausted because one has worked too hard

He feels run-down.
runner-up noun

a person, thing etc that is second in a race or competition

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

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

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

The horse ran away with him.
run down

(of a clock, battery etc) to finish working

My watch has run down – it needs rewinding.

(of a vehicle or driver) to knock down

I was run down by a bus.

to speak badly of

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

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

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

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

Don’t let the dog out of the garden or he’ll get run over.

to repeat for practice

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

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)

They ran the flag up the pole.

to make quickly or roughly

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.

(Translation of “run” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)