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Spanish translation of “run”


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 Is your horse running this afternoon? (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
tener; conducir
He runs a Rolls Royce.
(of colour) to spread
desteñir, correrse
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
para correr
running shoes.
continuous a running commentary on the football match.
runny adjective liquid; watery
líquido; poco hecho; que moquea
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
segundo (clasificado)
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
pista (de despegue/aterrizaje)
The plane landed on the runway.
in/out of the running having (no) chance of success She’s in the running for the job of director. on the run escaping; running away
en fuga
He’s on the run from the police.
run across to meet
cruzarse con, encontrar por casualidad
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 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
irse/huir con algo
He ran away with all her money.
(with with) to go too fast etc to be controlled by
huir, salir disparado
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
presentarse (a), ser candidato (a)
He is running for president.
run for it to try to escape
intentar escapar, darse a la fuga
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
topar con, encontrarse con
I ran into her in the street.
to crash into or collide with
chocar con
The car ran into a lamp-post.
run its course to develop or happen in the usual way 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
tener fiebre
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
poder permitirse
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
hacer de prisa
I can run up a dress in a couple of hours.
to collect up, accumulate (debts) He ran up an enormous bill.
run wild to go out of control They let their children run wild The garden was running wild.
(Definition of run from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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