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Synonyms of run in English:

verb

  • 1 she jumped out of her car and ran across the road
    sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double;
    jog, lope, trot, jogtrot, dogtrot
    informal tear, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps
    British informal hop it, bomb
    North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
    informal , dated cut along
    archaic post, hie
    [Antonyms] dawdle
  • 2 the other three men turned and ran
    flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
    informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    vulgar slang bugger off
    archaic fly
    [Antonyms] stay
  • 3 he decided to run in the marathon
    compete, take part, participate;
    enter, be in
  • 4 my horse ran second to Suave Dancer in this race last year
    finish, come in, come
  • 5 a shiver ran down my spine the ball ran towards the green
    go, pass, move, travel;
    roll, coast
  • 6 Grant ran his eye down the column of figures
    cast, pass, skim, flick, slide
  • 7 a narrow, twisting road which runs the length of the Duddon valley
    extend, stretch, reach, range, continue, go
  • 8 rainwater ran from the eaves
    flow, pour, stream, gush, flood, glide, cascade, spurt, jet, issue;
    roll, course, slide, spill, trickle, seep, drip, dribble, leak
    British informal sloosh
  • 9 the walls were running with condensation
    stream with, drip with, be covered with, be wet with;
    be flooded by
  • 10 my nose was running
    stream, drip, exude/secrete/ooze liquid
  • 11 a courtesy bus runs to Sorrento three times a day
    travel, ply, shuttle, go, make a regular journey
  • 12 I'll run you back to your hotel
    drive, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, chauffeur;
  • 13 he runs a transport company
    be in charge of, manage, administer, direct, control, be in control of, be the boss of, boss, head, lead, govern, supervise, superintend, oversee, look after, organize, coordinate, regulate;
    operate, conduct, carry on, own;
  • 14 he could no longer afford to run a car
    maintain, keep, own, possess, have, drive
  • 15 they ran a series of tests
    carry out, do, perform, fulfil, execute
  • 16 he left the engine running her car runs well
    operate, function, work, go, be in operation;
    perform, behave
  • 17 the lease runs for twenty years
    be valid, last, be in effect, operate, be in operation, be operative, be current, continue, be effective, have force, have effect
  • 18 the show ran in the West End for two years
    be staged, be presented, be performed, be on, be put on, be produced;
    be mounted;
    be screened;
    last
  • 19 he first ran for president in 1984
    stand for, stand for election as, stand as a candidate for, be a contender for, put oneself forward for, put oneself up for
  • 20 the Guardian ran the story on Friday
    publish, print, feature, carry, put out, release, issue
  • 21 they run drugs for the cocaine cartels
  • 22 they were run out of town
    chase, drive, hunt, hound, put to flight
  • Phrases

    run across

    1
    we ran across David when we were playing in LA
    informal bump into
    archaic run against

    run after

    2
    informal ever since his school days, girls have been running after him
    pursue, chase, make romantic advances to, flirt with
    informal make up to, make eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over
    North American informal vamp

    run along

    3
    informal run along now, can't you see I'm busy?
    go away, be off with you, shoo, on your way, make yourself scarce
    informal scram, buzz off, skedaddle, scat, beat it, get lost, shove off, clear off
    British informal hop it
    South African informal hamba, voetsak
    literary begone, avaunt

    run away

    4
  • 1 she screamed and the men ran away
    flee, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
    informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    archaic fly, levant
    [Antonyms] stay
  • 2 the administration has tried to run away from its responsibilities
    avoid, disregard, ignore, take no notice of, pay no attention to, turn one's back on
    informal shut one's eyes to, duck, cop out of
    [Antonyms] face up to, deal with
  • 3 Doyle ran away with another man's wife
    run off with, elope with
  • 4 Mario Andretti ran away with the championship
    win easily, win hands down
    informal win by a mile, walk it, romp home
  • run down

    5
    he was dismayed to discover how much the farm had run down
    [Antonyms] recover, improve
    decline, degenerate, go downhill, become dilapidated, go to seed, fall into decay, decay, go to rack and ruin

    run someone/something down

    6
  • 1 the boy was run down by joyriders
    run over, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground;
    hit, strike
  • 2 she began to run him down in front of other people
    criticize, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate, speak badly off, speak ill of, find fault with;
    revile, vilify
    informal put down, knock, bad-mouth, have a go at
    British informal rubbish, slag off
    [Antonyms] praise
  • run something down

    7
  • 1 she finally ran a copy of the book down in Covent Garden
  • 2 employers should run down their labour forces gradually
    reduce, cut back on, cut, downsize, decrease, pare down, trim;
    phase out, wind down, wind up
    [Antonyms] increase
  • run for it

    8
    flee, make a run for it, run away, run off, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, take oneself off, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
    informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, fly the coop, do a fade
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

    run high

    9
    patriotic fervour was running high
    be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense

    run in

    10
    he has a history of heart disease, which runs in the family
    be common in, be frequently found in, be inherent in

    run someone in

    11
    informal
    arrest, take into custody, apprehend, detain, take in, take prisoner, put in jail, throw in jail
    informal pick up, pull in, haul in, pinch, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar
    British informal nick

    run into

    12
  • 1 the plane was badly damaged when it ran into a parked aircraft
    collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, knock into, plough into, barge into, meet head-on, ram;
    North American impact
    [Antonyms] miss
  • 2 I ran into Hugo the other day
  • 3 the negotiators immediately ran into a problem
    experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, run up against, be confronted with, come face to face with
  • 4 Peter had been left with debts running into six figures
    reach, extend to, be as high/much as
  • run low

    13
    food supplies were running low
    [Antonyms] be plentiful
    dwindle, diminish, become depleted, get less, be used up, become exhausted, be short, be in short supply, be tight

    run off

    14
  • 1 three youths scrambled out of the car and ran off
    flee, run away, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, make oneself scarce, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
    informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, skip off
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk, have it away (on one's toes)
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    vulgar slang bugger off
    archaic fly, levant
    [Antonyms] stay
  • 2 informal his wife ran off with one of the doctors
    run away with, elope with, go off with
  • 3 informal he ran off with the £1000 in the appeal fund
    steal, take, snatch, purloin, abscond with, help oneself to;
    informal walk off/away with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, ‘liberate’, ‘borrow’, filch, snaffle, snitch
    British informal pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble
    North American informal heist, glom
    Australian informal snavel
    West Indian informal tief
  • run something off

    15
  • 1 Sophie, would you just run off a list of all the outstanding accounts, please?
  • 2 run off some of the water that has been standing in the pipes
  • run on

    16
  • 1 the call ran on for two and a quarter hours
    continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, extend, stretch
  • 2 your mother does run on, doesn't she?
    talk incessantly, talk a lot, rattle on, go on, chatter on, gabble on, ramble on
    informal yak, gab, yackety-yak, yap, yabber, yatter
    British informal rabbit on, witter on, natter on, chunter on, talk the hind leg off a donkey
    Scottish & Irish slabber on
    North American informal run off at the mouth
    Australian/New Zealand informal mag
    archaic twaddle, twattle, clack
  • 3 my thoughts ran too much on death
    be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated with
  • run out

    17
  • 1 food supplies were running out
    be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail;
    exhaust
    [Antonyms] be plentiful
  • 2 they've run out of cash
    have none left, have no more of, be out of;
    use up, exhaust one's supply of, consume, eat up;
    sell out of
    informal be fresh out of, be cleaned out of
  • 3 her contract was due to run out
    expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish;
    lapse, be no longer valid
  • run out on someone

    18
    informal
    desert, abandon, leave in the lurch, jilt, leave high and dry, discard, cast aside, throw over, turn one's back on
    informal walk out on, dump, ditch, leave someone holding the baby, leave flat
    archaic forsake

    run over

    19
  • 1 the bathwater's running over
  • 2 the project ran wildly over budget
    exceed, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach
  • run someone/something over

    20
    run down, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground, hit, strike

    run something over

    21
    he quickly ran over the story
    recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, go through, reiterate, review;
    informal recap

    run rings around someone

    22
    informal
    in a demonstration of classy centre-forward play he ran rings round the opposition
    surpass, outshine, outclass, overshadow, eclipse, exceed, excel, transcend, cap, top, outstrip, outdo, put to shame, make look pale by comparison, put in the shade, be better than, beat, outplay, outperform, upstage, dwarf
    informal be head and shoulders above, be a cut above, leave standing
    archaic outrival, outvie

    run the show

    23
    informal
    be in charge, be in control, be the boss, be at the helm, be in the driving seat, be in the driver's seat, be at the wheel, be in the saddle, pull the strings, be responsible
    informal call the shots

    run through

    24
  • 1 her husband had long ago run through their money
  • 2 the markedly sceptical attitude that runs through his writings
  • 3 he ran through his notes again
    go over, go through, look over, look through, cast one's eye over, take a look at, run over;
    read, study, scan, peruse, review, examine, inspect
    informal give something a/the once-over
  • 4 okay, let's run through scene three again
    rehearse, practise, go through, go over, repeat, do again;
    North American run down
    informal recap
  • run someone through

    25
    Campbell threatened to run him through with his sword
    stab, pierce, transfix, impale

    run to

    26
  • 1 the original bill ran to £22,000
    reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as;
  • 2 sorry, we can't run to champagne
    afford, stretch to, manage, have money for
  • 3 he was running to fat
    tend to, show a tendency to;
    become, get, grow
  • run up

    27
    his loose way of living ran up such big debts that he had to get out of town
    accumulate, accrue, amass, collect, gather, stockpile, heap up, rack up, build up, scrape together, hoard, lay in/up, garner;
    British tot up

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  • 1 his early morning run along the Embankment
    sprint, race, dash, gallop, rush, spurt;
    jog, trot
  • 2 she volunteered to do the school run
    route, way, course, journey;
    circuit, round, beat
  • 3 we went out for a run in the car
    trip, excursion, outing, jaunt, short journey, airing
    informal spin, joyride, tootle
    Scottish informal hurl
  • 4 the current run of unseasonably hot weather an unbeaten run of eleven home victories
  • 5 the budget accelerated a run on sterling
    demand for, rush for, sudden request for, clamour for
  • 6 Margaret gave them the run of her home
    unrestricted/free use of, unrestricted access to;
    a free hand in, a free rein in
  • 7 it's certainly different from the usual run of East European cafes
  • 8 against the run of play, Mytchett scored a second goal
    trend, tendency, course, direction, movement, drift, tide, current;
    tenor
  • 9 the wire mesh of a chicken run
    enclosure, pen, coop, compound
  • 10 a steep run with 10 cm of fresh snow
    slope, piste, track;
    North American trail
  • 11 she had a run in her nylons
    ladder, rip, tear, snag, hole
  • Phrases

    on the run

    2
  • 1 a con man on the run
    running away, fleeing, in flight, fugitive
    informal AWOL
    North American informal on the lam
  • 2 I've been on the run all day
    busy, rushing about, rushed off one's feet, dashing about, hurrying about, in a rush, in a hurry, on the move, active
    informal on the go
  • the runs

    3
    informal See diarrhoea

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