- 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. trip
- 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. of success/failure
- 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. of play/movie
- 4 [countable] a series of performances of a play or movie The show had a record-breaking run on Broadway. of product
- 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. money
- 6 [countable, usually singular] run on the dollar, etc. a situation when many people sell dollars, etc. and the value of the money falls
- 7[countable, usually singular] run on a bank a situation when many people suddenly want to take their money out of a bank sudden demand
- 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 way things happen
- 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. in sports
- 10[countable] a sloping track used in skiing and some other sports a ski/toboggan, etc. run
- 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 in election
- 12 [singular] an act of trying to get elected to public office He made an unsuccessful run for governor in 2008. for animals/birds
- 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 in music
- 14[countable] a series of notes sung or played quickly up or down the scale in card games
- 15[countable] a series of cards held by one player in pantyhose/stockings
- 16 [countable] a long thin hole in pantyhose or stockings where some threads have broken illness
- 17the runs [plural] (informal) = diarrhea see also dry run, trial run Idioms
- 1trying to avoid being captured He's on the run from the police.
- 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).
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the average type of something He was very different from the general run of movie stars.
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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
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to give somebody/get/have permission to make full use of something Her dogs have the run of the house.
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concerning a longer period in the future This measure inevitably means higher taxes in the long run.
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concerning the immediate future In the short run, unemployment may fall.
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