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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
    informal tear, 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
    informal beat 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
    informal AWOL, 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
    informal bump into
    run after
    informal I have no intention of running after him
    pursue, chase;
    make advances to, flirt with
    informal come on to, be all over
    dated set 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
    informal scram, buzz off, skedaddle, scat, beat it, get lost, shove off, clear off
    literary begone
    run around
    informal that creep's been running around since their honeymoon
    be unfaithful, have affairs, philander
    informal play 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
    informal win 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
    informal put down, knock, badmouth, dis
    formal derogate
  • 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
    informal bump 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
    informal yak, 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
    informal be fresh out of
    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
    informal recap
  • 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
    informal be 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
    informal blow
  • 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
    informal recap
  • 4.1 let's run through scene three
    rehearse, practice, go over, repeat
    informal recap
  • 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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