Definition of running in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəniNG/


1The action or movement of a runner: he accounted for 31 touchdowns with his running and passing
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  • While the two strikers were full of running and movement, they faced a wall of defenders who played very deep on account of their obvious lack of pace.
  • Adding to all this the running between wickets was near perfect.
  • All that running and sprinting made my muscles all tight and painful to stretch out.
1.1The sport of racing on foot: marathon running
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  • It's important to take it steadily when you first decide to take up any sport and running is no different.
  • Now living and working in New York, she decided to take up running because other sports were so expensive.
  • However, as with other sports, if good technique is applied, running can be both enjoyable and rewarding.
sprinting, sprint, racing, jogging, jog
1.2An act of running a race: the 122nd running of the Mid-Summer Derby
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  • At Doncaster, the horse, who died at the age of 30 last month, is honoured by the running of his annual race.
  • Since virtually every running of the race takes place in driving rain and a bitter wind, the spongy surface drains the strength from the horses.
  • Although this was my fourth running of the race, it was my first time starting in Whitehorse.
2The action of managing or operating something: the day-to-day running of the office
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  • My son has a new head at his primary school who does no teaching and has no involvement with the day-to-day running of the school.
  • In her role as manager, she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises.
  • Head teachers look after the day-to-day running of a school.


1 [attributive] Denoting something that runs, in particular.
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  • Kevin hit his straps and directed play through the half forward zone, bringing the running players into the game.
  • I looked for an emotion - of pain, of weariness, of Basil Brush exuberance - but of course it was just a running fox.
  • Team roping involves two people on horseback trying to stop a running steer.
1.1(Of water) flowing naturally or supplied to a building through pipes and taps: hot and cold running water
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  • It is not known whether the premises have a working electricity supply or running water and much of the estate has fallen into disrepair.
  • It is an exciting moment for me when I see a blade of grass or see a leaf of a tree, and when I listen to birds chattering and to running water in a stream.
  • The path to the top of the mountain runs beside the running water of a stream.
flowing, gushing, rushing, moving
1.2(Of a sore or a part of the body) exuding liquid or pus: a running sore
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  • But she had an offensive, running sore that lay open from below her knee right down to her foot.
1.3Continuous or recurring over a long period: a running joke
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  • Not only do the running expenses continue, but they usually increase in times of drought.
  • Still, as their winning streak drained the suspense out of the show, no event needed a running joke more.
  • Like many Scottish men typecast by gender, Max's chosen career is something of a running joke amongst members of his family.
1.4Done while running: a running jump
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  • He must have taken a bit of a running jump at it though, because he travelled about half an inch before capitulating in a salty heap.
  • I taking a running jump and land a nice axe kick on him.
  • I take a running start and jump over the first, which is as high as my hip.
1.5(Of a measurement) in a straight line: today, those same lots are worth $6,000 a running foot
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  • The cost jumps a little to $18.85 a running foot.
  • A linear foot (LF) is also called a running foot at many sawmills.
2 [postpositive] Consecutive; in succession: he failed to produce an essay for the third week running
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  • Those who are absent from classes for two weeks running or 50 class hours added up in one semester will be given a record of a demerit for misconduct.
  • The former gospel singer has held onto her number one spot for the second week running.
in succession, in a row, in sequence, consecutively;
straight, together


in (or out of) the running

In (or no longer in) contention for an award, victory, or a place on a team: he is in the running for an Oscar
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  • By then the winner tends to be known and three quarters of the teams know that they are out of the running.
  • He knows his team are out of the running and it riles.
  • As the league is rapidly coming to a close the trophies are up for grabs and all eight teams are still in the running.

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Syllabification: run·ning

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