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run

verb
 
 
/rʌn/ ( present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
MOVE FAST [I, T] A1 to move on your feet at a faster speed than walking: He can run very fast. He ran away when I tried to pick him up. [+ to do sth] We had to run to catch up with him. I run about three miles every morning.AthleticsMoving quickly
ORGANIZE [T] B1 to organize or control something: She ran her own restaurant for five years.Managing and organizing
run sb/sth to/down, etc to take someone or something somewhere, usually by car: Could you run me to the station this afternoon?Transferring and transporting objectsTravelling
WORKING [I, T] If a piece of equipment is running, it is switched on and working, and if you run it, you switch it on and make it work: The engine is running more smoothly now.FunctioningPerforming a function
USE COMPUTER [T] B2 If you run a computer program, you use it on your computer: Did you run a virus check this morning?Computer concepts
TRAVELLING [I] B2 If trains or buses are running, they are available to travel on: The buses only run until 11 p.m.JourneysFunctioningPerforming a function
LIQUID [I] B2 If liquid runs somewhere, it flows: Tears ran down her face. Have you got a tissue? My nose is running (= liquid is coming out of it).Movement of liquids
PUBLISH [T] to publish something in a newspaper or magazine: All the papers are running this story on the front page.Newspapers and magazines
run a bath UK to fill a bath with water so that it is ready to usePersonal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
run sth along/over/through, etc sth to move something along, over, or through something else: She ran her fingers through her hair.Movement
run through/down/along, etc If something long and narrow runs somewhere, it is in that position: There are wires running across the floor. The road runs parallel to the railway line.Direction of motionPoints of the compass
CONTINUE [I] If a play, film, etc runs for a period of time, it continues that long: The play ran for five months before moving to the West End.Broadcasting in generalContinue and last
run in sb's/the family If a quality, ability, disease, etc runs in the family, many members of the family have it: A love of animals runs in our family.Ancestors and descendants
COLOUR [I] If a colour runs, it comes out of some material when it is washed.Paints, dyes and pigmentsColour - general words
be running at sth to be at a particular level: Inflation is now running at 5.8%. →  See also cast/run your/an eye over sth , run the gauntlet , run riot , run out of steam , run wild Measurements in general
(Definition of run verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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