Definition of running noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌnɪŋ//
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  1. 1   the action or sport of running to go running running shoes
  2. 2  the activity of managing or operating something the day-to-day running of a business the running costs of a car (= for example of fuel, repairs, insurance)
  3. 3-running (in compounds) the activity of bringing something such as drugs, guns, etc. into a country secretly and illegally drug-running
  4. Extra examples The business currently has annual running costs of £400 million. The family is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the business. to go runningIdioms
    in/out of the running (for something)
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    (informal) having some/no chance of succeeding or achieving something
    (British English, informal) to set the speed at which something is done; to take the lead in doing something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: running