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Synonyms of run in English:


  • 1 she ran across the road
    sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scamper, bolt, fly, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, speed, zoom, go like lightning, go hell-bent for leather, go like the wind, go like a bat out of hell;
    jog, trot
    informaltear, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, bomb, hightail it, barrel
  • 2 the robbers turned and ran
    flee, run away, run off, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make one's getaway, escape
    informalbeat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, scram, light out, take a powder, make tracks
  • 3 he ran in the marathon
    compete, take part, participate
  • 4 a shiver ran down my spine
    go, pass, slide, move, travel
  • 5 he ran his eye down the list
    cast, pass, skim, flick
  • 6 the road runs the length of the valley
    extend, stretch, reach, continue
  • 7 water ran from the eaves
    flow, pour, stream, gush, flood, cascade, roll, course, spill, trickle, drip, dribble, leak
  • 8 a bus runs to Sorrento
    travel, go
  • 9 I'll run you home
    drive, take, bring, ferry, chauffeur, give someone a ride/lift
  • 10 he runs a mail-order company
    be in charge of, manage, direct, control, head, govern, supervise, superintend, oversee;
  • 11 it's expensive to run a car
    maintain, keep, own, possess, have;
  • 12 they ran some tests
    carry out, do, perform, execute
  • 13 he left the engine running
  • 14 the lease runs for twenty years
    be valid, last, be in effect, be operative, continue, be effective
  • 15 the show ran for two years
    be staged, be performed, be on, be mounted, be screened
  • 16 he ran for president
    be a candidate for, stand for, be a contender for
  • 17 the paper ran the story
    publish, print, feature, carry, put out, release, issue
  • 18 they run drugs
    smuggle, traffic in, deal in
  • 19 they were run out of town
    chase, drive, hound
  • noun

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  • 1 his morning run
    sprint, jog, dash, gallop, trot
  • 2 she did the school run
    route, journey;
    circuit, round, beat
  • 3 an unbeaten run of victories
    series, succession, sequence, string, chain, streak, spell, stretch, spate
  • 4 a run on umbrellas
    demand for, rush on
  • 5 they had the run of the house
    free use of, unrestricted access to
  • 6 the usual run of movies
  • 7 a dog run
  • 8 a toboggan run
    slope, track, piste, trail, slide
  • 9 a run in her pantyhose
    rip, tear, snag, hole, pull;
    British ladder
  • Phrases

    in the long run


    on the run

    police report that Prentiss has been on the run since early this morning
    on the loose, at large, loose;
    running away, fleeing, fugitive
    informalAWOL, on the lam

    run across

    we never expected to run across Mrs. Gundlach at the casino
    meet, meet by chance, come across, run into, chance on/upon, stumble on/upon, happen on/upon
    informalbump into

    run after

    informal I have no intention of running after him
    pursue, chase;
    make advances to, flirt with
    informalcome on to, be all over
    datedset one's cap for/at

    run along

    informal it's time for you and your pesky little friends to run along
    go away, be off (with you), shoo
    informalscram, buzz off, skedaddle, scat, beat it, get lost, shove off, clear off

    run around

    informal that creep's been running around since their honeymoon
    be unfaithful, have affairs, philander
    informalplay the field, sleep around, fool around

    run away

    her attacker ran away See sense 2 of the verb

    run away with

    she ran away with the championship
    win easily, win hands down
    informalwin by a mile

    run down

    obviously, this barn didn't start running down yesterday
    decline, degenerate, go downhill, go to seed, decay, go to rack and ruin

    run someone down

  • 1.1 he was run down by a drunk driver
    run over, knock down, knock over;
    hit, strike
  • 2.1 she ran him down in front of other people
    criticize, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate, find fault with
    informalput down, knock, badmouth, dis
  • run for it

    they saw the cop car and ran for it See sense 2 of the verb

    run high

    feelings ran high
    be strong, be fervent, be passionate, be intense

    run in

  • 1.1 heart disease runs in the family
    be common in, be inherent in
  • 2.1 informal you mean they actually ran him in for littering? See arrest (sense 1 of the verb)
  • run into

  • 1.1 a car ran into his van
    collide with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, plow into, ram, impact
  • 2.1 I ran into Hugo the other day
    meet, meet by chance, come across, run across, chance on/upon, stumble on/upon, happen on/upon
    informalbump into
  • 3.1 we ran into a problem
    experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, be confronted with
  • 4.1 his debts run into six figures
    reach, extend to, be as much as
  • run low

    supplies were running low
    dwindle, diminish, become depleted, be used up, be in short supply, be tight

    run off

    the youths ran off See sense 2 of the verb

    run off with

    informal he ran off with her money See steal (sense 1 of the verb)

    run something off

  • 1.1 would you run off that list for me?
  • 2.1 run off some of the excess water
    drain, bleed, draw off, pump out
  • run on

  • 1.1 the call ran on for hours
    continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, stretch
  • 2.1 your mother does run on
    talk incessantly, talk a lot, go on, chatter on, ramble on
    informalyak, gab, run off at the mouth
  • run out

  • 1.1 supplies ran out
    be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, peter out
  • 2.1 her contract ran out
    expire, end, terminate, finish;
  • run out of

    they ran out of their cash
    use up;
    be out of, consume, eat up

    run out on

    informal she ran out on her husband See abandon (sense 3 of the verb)

    run over

  • 1.1 the bathwater ran over
    overflow, spill over, brim over
  • 2.1 the project ran over budget
    exceed, go over, overshoot, overreach
  • 3.1 he quickly ran over the story
    recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, reiterate, review;
    look over, read through
  • run someone over

    he was run over by a motorbike
    run down, knock down, knock over;
    hit, strike

    run the show

    informal Todd always tries to run the show
    be in charge, be in control, be at the helm, be in the driver's seat, be at the wheel
    informalbe the boss, call the shots

    run through

  • 1.1 they quickly ran through their money
    squander, spend, fritter away, dissipate, waste, go through, consume, use up
  • 2.1 the attitude that runs through his writing
  • 3.1 he ran through his notes
    recapitulate, repeat, run over, go over, reiterate, review;
    look over, read through
  • 4.1 let's run through scene three
    rehearse, practice, go over, repeat
  • run someone through

    they hung an effigy of him and ran it through with sharp sticks
    stab, pierce, transfix, impale

    run to

  • 1.1 the bill ran to $22,000
    amount to, add up to, total, come to, equal, reach, be as much as
  • 2.1 he was running to fat
    tend to, become, get, grow
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