Translation of "run" - English-German 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

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

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

The buses run every half hour
The train is running late.

to last or continue; to go on

The play ran for six weeks.

to own and use, especially of cars

sich halten
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)

gleiten lassen
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

der/die Läufer(in)
There are five runners in this race.

the long narrow part on which a sledge etc moves

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

a long stem of a plant which puts down roots.

der Ausläufer
running adjective

of or for running

running shoes.


a running commentary on the football match.
runny adjective

liquid; watery

Do you like your egg yolk firm or runny?
The baby has a runny nose.
runaway noun

a person, animal etc that runs away

der/die Ausreißer(in); durchgebrannt
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

der/die Zweite
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

die Rollbahn
The plane landed on the runway.
in/out of the running

having (no) chance of success

im Gleichschritt/außer Tritt
She’s in the running for the job of director.
on the run

escaping; running away

auf der Flucht
He’s on the run from the police.
run across

to meet

jemandem in die Arme laufen
I ran across an old friend.
run after

to chase

The dog ran after a cat.
run aground

(of a ship) to become stuck on rocks etc

auf Grund laufen
The cruise ship ran aground on some rocks just outside the harbour.
run along

to go away

Run along now, children!
run away

to escape

He ran away from school.

(with with) to steal

durchgehen mit
He ran away with all her money.

(with with) to go too fast etc to be controlled by

durchgehen mit
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

kandidieren für
He is running for president.
run for it

to try to escape

Reißaus nehmen
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

hineinlaufen in
I ran into her in the street.

to crash into or collide with

fahren gegen
The car ran into a lamp-post.
run its course

to develop or happen in the usual way

seinen Lauf nehmen
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

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

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

erhöhte Temperatur haben
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

sich leisten
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)

anwachsen lassen
He ran up an enormous bill.
run wild

to go out of control

verwildern lassen
They let their children run wild
The garden was running wild.

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