Meaning of “running” in the English Dictionary

"running" in British English

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runningadjective [ after noun ]

uk /ˈrʌn.ɪŋ/ us /ˈrʌn.ɪŋ/

C2 happening on a particular number of regular occasions:

You've been late three days running.
They won the trophy for the third year running.

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runningnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrʌn.ɪŋ/ us /ˈrʌn.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “running” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"running" in American English

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runningnoun [ U ]

us /ˈrʌn·ɪŋ/

running noun [ U ] (OPERATE)

the management or operation of something:

The running of a large household is not easy.

(Definition of “running” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"running" in Business English

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uk /ˈrʌnɪŋ/ us

[ before noun ] happening continuously without interruption:

a running battle/argument/dispute
The news site has kept up a running commentary on the state of the county's debt.
two years/six weeks/eight days, etc. running

happening for two years, six weeks, eight days, etc. without interruption:

Sales have been up three years running.
We have seen a rise in the unemployment rate for several months running.

runningnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrʌnɪŋ/ us

the activity of managing the operation of something:

the running of sth Our company places value on things that go beyond the running of the business.
She is in charge of the day-to-day running of the department.
in the running (for sth)

being considered as one of the possible choices for something:

The land is one of six sites nationally in the running for the $11.5 million project.
A new CEO will be hired, and Martyn is one of several executives in the running.

(Definition of “running” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)