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English definition of “run”


verb [I or T] (FLOW)    /rʌn/ (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
B2 to (cause something to) flow, produce liquid, or (especially of colours in clothes) to come out or spread: I can feel trickles of sweat running down my neck. Don't cry, or your make-up will run (= become liquid and move down your face). The walls were running with damp. The river runs (down) to/into the sea. The hot tap is running cold (= producing cold water)! I turned the tap on and ran some cold water on the burn. [+ two objects] I'll run you a hot bath (= fill a bath with water for you). My nose and eyes have been running all week because of hay fever. I must have washed my dress at too high a temperature, because the colour has run. If the first layer isn't dry before you add the next one, the colours will run into each other (= mix).figurative After twelve hours at her word processor, the words began to run into one another (= seem mixed together).Movement of liquidsColour - general words
(Definition of run verb (FLOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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