1.Move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time.
‘the dog ran across the road'
‘she ran the last few yards, breathing heavily'
‘he hasn't paid for his drinks—run and catch him'
‘He and a fellow canoeist were found after the alarm was raised by another soldier who swam forty minutes to shore, and then ran two miles to raise the alarm.'
‘He rushed downstairs in his bare feet and ran outside on to the snowy street.'
2.Run as a sport or for exercise.
‘I run every morning'
‘I've tested myself running with and without music and I tend to run farther and faster and feel better afterwards with it.'
‘All of Campbell's children are involved in sport and it was they who persuaded him to start running while on holiday three years ago.'
‘This delays the onset of fatigue, meaning an athlete can run harder and for longer.'
‘John was also a keen judo exponent but he injured his knee and could not keep fit by running.'
3.(of an athlete or a racehorse) compete in a race.
‘she ran in the 200 metres'
‘Dave has run 42 marathons'
‘Stable companion Democratic Deficit runs in the International Stakes on the previous day.'
‘He will be part of a five-man team aiming to finish the race, running alongside more than 4,500 runners.'
‘He qualified for the junior Olympics, where he ran 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres.'
4.Enter (a racehorse) for a race.
‘I'm hoping to run him in the Portland Handicap'
‘I will run him in the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown at the end of the month.'
‘Dermot Weld has won the race five times, most recently with Refuse To Bend two years ago, and he runs Elusive Double in the same colours.'
‘Paul Nicholls won 57 more races despite O'Neill running only two fewer horses.'
‘Willie Mullins runs Rule Supreme in today's Ladbrokes' World Hurdle, but has also left him in the Gold Cup.'
5.Move about in a hurried and hectic way.
‘I've spent the whole day running round after the kids'
‘We have been running around all week collecting all the documentation and information the council have requested.'
‘The world is a dangerous enough place now without letting idiots run round with explosives.'
‘Most people seemed to be either arguing with each other over what to buy who, or frantically running round desperate to find things to buy.'
‘As a result, running around the city trying to get hold of cash has become a full-time occupation for some people.'
6.(of a batsman) run from one wicket to the other in scoring or attempting to score a run.
‘The last ball of the over was hit in the air - the batsmen ran - the fielder dropped it!'
‘The batsmen ran four as Lewis floundered to the boundary to make amends, but the game was up.'
‘He ran excellently between the wickets as well, especially in the last few overs.'
‘Mahajan refused to run after turning the ball to leg as partner Danny Lloyd came charging down the pitch.'
‘Lineker and Cooper held the run rate to three per over, while the batsmen ran very well between the wickets, keeping pressure on the fielders.'
7.Chase (someone) away.
‘Ah went tuh eat the mangoes but the people run mih'
8.(of hounds) chase or hunt their quarry.
‘the hounds are running'
9.(of a boat) sail straight and fast directly before the wind.
‘we slanted across to the far bank and ran before the wind'
‘The wind blew from the north and the ship ran swiftly before the wind.'
10.(of a migratory fish) go upriver from the sea in order to spawn.
‘There are still fresh spring fish running, and the grilse are beginning to arrive in numbers, with a lot of small fish among them.'
‘This means that when the fish are running (right now in May and June for instance) there is a heavy demand for guides.'
‘It was a sight which would gladden the heart of any angler-hundreds of brown trout running a small stream to spawn.'
‘I have seen some very good salmon running under the road bridge on an evening tide.'
‘This was on a nearby creek where, Jim said, the steelhead and salmon were running.'
11.Pass or cause to pass quickly in a particular direction.
‘the rumour ran through the pack of photographers'
‘Helen ran her fingers through her hair'
‘I dragged myself up off the floor and ran a hand down my face.'
‘Colin reached out a finger and ran it down her bare back.'
‘He ran a nervous hand through his hair and scratched the back of his head.'
12.Move or cause to move forcefully or with a particular result.
‘the tanker ran aground off the Shetlands'
‘a woman ran a pushchair into the back of my legs'
‘Five of them ran aground on the rocks at Pendennis Point.'
‘The ship has constantly been pounded by huge waves since it ran aground on a rocky outcrop last Thursday night.'
‘A major rescue operation was launched after a north east fishing vessel with a crew of three ran aground on the west coast of Scotland.'
13.Fail to stop at (a red traffic light)
‘cameras triggered by cars running red lights at intersections'
‘In the other case, a civilian ran a red traffic light and broadsided an Air Force member.'
‘Janklow was convicted after he ran a stop sign while speeding and killed someone in another car.'
‘After running the stop sign, the officer hit his lights and pulled me over.'
‘Police handled 1,522 cases of minibuses running red lights in the first nine months this year, compared with 1,412 cases for all of last year.'
14.Navigate (rapids or a waterfall) in a boat.
‘the boats were preparing to run the big rapids'
‘Ten boats, each manned by two skilled operators with up to eight passengers, can be hired to run the rapids.'
‘The other trainees ran the rapid again and again; I pitched a tent and crawled into my sleeping bag.'
‘In short, he has both the strength and skill to run any whitewater that's runnable.'
15.(with reference to a liquid) flow or cause to flow.
‘a small river runs into the sea at one side of the castle'
‘she ran cold water into a basin'
‘Even our garden is getting wet and there is nowhere for the water to run.'
‘She looked up and saw the bruises forming on his face and the blood running from his swollen lip.'
‘He picked up a washcloth from the counter and ran cold water over it.'
16.Cause water to flow over.
‘I ran my hands under the tap'
‘If you run it under hot water you will also find that when you leave it to dry in the cutlery drainer it will dry off quicker and have fewer streaks.'
‘I marched over to the sink, turned on the lukewarm water and ran my arms under it.'
‘I rip the lid off the bottle of shampoo and run it under the water to try and get the last drop out.'
‘If the markers do dry out, they are easily revived by running the tips under water and recapping overnight.'
17.Fill (a bath) with water.
‘she ran a bath and lowered herself into the water'
‘I'll run you a nice hot bath'
‘She told me to run a bath for her, about half full, then to come get her and help her into the tub.'
‘Giles said he was running a bath and it had almost overflowed.'
‘Back in the sanctuary of my dimly-lit rooms I ran the bath, stripped off and sank into the water.'
18.Be covered or streaming with (a liquid)
‘his face was running with sweat'
‘The streets literally ran with wine for three full days and nights.'
‘Tin shanties litter the backyards of the more formal brick housing, rows of chemical toilets stand outside homes, and the untarred roads run with streams of filthy water.'
‘Sarah found herself screaming these last words, her cheeks running with tears.'
‘He collapsed onto the bed, his face running with sweat.'
19.Emit or exude a liquid.
‘she was weeping and her nose was running'
‘His head aches, he feels dizzy and nauseous, and his nose won't stop running.'
‘A few minutes later, my nose is running, I'm sneezing and coughing, and there are sharp pains behind my eyes.'
‘About a half hour later, my nose started running.'
20.(of a solid substance) melt and become fluid.
‘it was so hot that the butter ran'
‘Her black mascara was running and she knew she looked horrible.'
21.(of the sea, the tide, or a river) rise higher or flow more quickly.
‘there was still a heavy sea running'
‘There was a heavy sea running on Monday, and the boats were leaving harbour and being tossed about like cockle shells.'
‘Even when the tide is running, the current is not that strong and has not formed a scour.'
‘If the tide is running, a large shoal of bib will probably be holding position here against the current that surges through beneath the wreck.'
‘The base of the cliff is heavily undercut, so you certainly do not want to be here on a stormy day or when a full spring ebb tide is running.'
22.(of dye or colour in fabric or paper) dissolve and spread when the fabric or paper becomes wet.
‘the red dye ran when the socks were washed'
‘Check the garment's label for recommended wash temperature to prevent colors from fading and dyes from running.'
‘Dry-cleaning also prevents the common problem of the dye bleeding and running.'
‘Their dye never ran, which is what made all their products sought after.'
‘In the heat and humidity, paper swelled, colors ran, and inks refused to align on the page.'
23.Extend or cause to extend in a particular direction.
‘cobbled streets run down to a tiny harbour'
‘he ran a wire under the carpet'
‘A very faint path runs downhill beside the fence, below a single bar fence and onwards to the end of the plantation.'
‘Taxis will be diverted to Wigmore Street, which runs parallel to Oxford Street.'
‘On the second storey level there was a balcony with rusted railings running around the walls.'
‘inflation is running at 11 per cent'