Definition of run on in English:

run on

  • 1Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected: the story ran on for months
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    • The stories run on almost interminably as Chandy Mathew tries to squeeze a moral out of seemingly ordinary situations.
    • Things ran on for about 18 months and I was then asked to go to Harley Street, in London, to see a surgeon appointed by the insurance company.
    • The Paris peace conference was a lengthy and complex process, running on for six months.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Talk incessantly: your mother does run on, doesn’t she?
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    • I must say, your mother does run on, doesn't she?
    • The reader will be relieved to know that I am not going to run on about the Norsemen, the Anglo-Normans and the Anglo-Saxons.
  • 2 (also run upon) (Of a person’s mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with: my thoughts ran too much on death
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    • My thoughts ran on that same thread throughout the night.
    • My thoughts ran too much on death.
    Synonyms
    be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated with
  • 3 Printing Continue on the same line as the preceding matter.
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    • I think you'll be pleased at the look of the poems - they're arranged so that none of the lines run on.
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