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



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌnɪŋ//
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  1. 1used after a number and a noun such as ‘year’ ‘day’ or ‘time’, to say that something has happened in the same way several times, without a change She's won the championship three years running. It was the third day running that the train had been late. No party has won an election four times running.
  2. 2running water is water that is flowing somewhere or water that is supplied to a building and available to be used through taps/faucets I can hear the sound of running water. a remote cottage without electricity or running water
  3. 3[only before noun] lasting a long time; continuous synonym ongoing For years he had fought a running battle with the authorities over the land. a running argument His old raincoat became a running joke (= people kept laughing at it). see also long-running
  4. 4-running (in compounds) running or flowing in the way mentioned a fast-running river They showed the free-running, slick football that has become their trademark.
  5. Idioms
    in running/working order
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    (especially of machines) working well The engine is now in perfect working order.
    (go and) take a running jump
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    (old-fashioned, informal) used to tell somebody in a rude way to go away Why didn’t you just tell him to take a running jump?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: running