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Definition of run noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    on foot
  1. 1[countable] an act of running; a period of time spent running or the distance that someone runs I go for a run every morning. a five-mile run Catching sight of her, he broke into a run (= started running). I decided to make a run for it (= to escape by running). She took the stairs at a run.
  2. trip
  3. 2[countable] a trip by car, plane, boat, etc., especially a short one or one that is made regularly They took the car out for a run. This ferry operates on the Seattle-Bremerton run.
  4. of success/failure
  5. 3[countable] a period of something good or bad happening; a series of successes or failures synonym spell a run of good/bad luck Our team finally lost, ending an unbeaten run of 18 games.
  6. of play/movie
  7. 4[countable] a series of performances of a play or movie The show had a record-breaking run on Broadway.
  8. of product
  9. 5[countable] the amount of a product that a company decides to make at one time The first print run of 6,000 copies sold out.
  10. money
  11. 6[countable, usually singular] run on the dollar, etc. a situation when many people sell dollars, etc. and the value of the money falls
  12. 7[countable, usually singular] run on a bank a situation when many people suddenly want to take their money out of a bank
  13. sudden demand
  14. 8[countable, usually singular] run on something a situation when many people suddenly want to buy something a run on the band's latest CD
  15. way things happen
  16. 9[singular] the run of something the way things usually happen; the way things seem to be happening on a particular occasion In the normal run of things the only exercise he gets is climbing in and out of taxis.
  17. in sports
  18. 10[countable] a sloping track used in skiing and some other sports a ski/toboggan, etc. run
  19. 11[countable] a point scored in the game of baseball or cricket Our team won by four runs. see also home run note at baseball
  20. in election
  21. 12[singular] an act of trying to get elected to public office He made an unsuccessful run for governor in 2008.
  22. for animals/birds
  23. 13[countable] (often in compounds) an area surrounded by a fence or wire, in which animals or birds are kept as pets or on a farm a chicken run
  24. in music
  25. 14[countable] a series of notes sung or played quickly up or down the scale
  26. in card games
  27. 15[countable] a series of cards held by one player
  28. in pantyhose/stockings
  29. 16[countable] a long thin hole in pantyhose or stockings where some threads have broken
  30. illness
  31. 17the runs [plural] (informal) = diarrhea see also dry run, trial run
  32. Idioms
    the common, general, ordinary, usual run (of something)
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    the average type of something He was very different from the general run of movie stars.
    give somebody a (good) run for their money
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    to make someone try very hard, using all their skill and effort, in order to beat you in a game or competition
    give somebody/get/have the run of something
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    to give somebody/get/have permission to make full use of something Her dogs have the run of the house.
    in the long run
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    concerning a longer period in the future This measure inevitably means higher taxes in the long run.
    in the short run
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    concerning the immediate future In the short run, unemployment may fall.
    1. 1trying to avoid being captured He's on the run from the police.
    2. 2(informal) continuously active and moving around I've been on the run all day and I'm exhausted. Here are some quick recipes for when you're eating on the run (= in a hurry).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: run