American English

Definition of running adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 faucets I can hear the sound of running water. a remote cabin 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 soccer 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: running