1 sprint, race, scamper, scurry, scud, dart, bolt, dash, flit, tear (along), scoot, scuttle, zip, whiz or whizz, gallop, jog, trot, lope; rush, hurry (up), hasten, scramble, hustle, step lively, hop (to) it, step on it, put on some speed, Archaic hie, Colloq get a move on, hoof it, leg it, hotfoot (it), stir one's stumps, Brit hare, US step on the gas, hump (it), Slang get cracking, US get the lead out (of one's pants or Taboo ass), Chiefly US get a wiggle on:
If you run, you might catch her before she gets on the train.
2 run away or off, flee, escape, take flight, take to one's heels, bolt, decamp, make off, clear out, show a clean pair of heels, abscond, cut and run, (beat a (hasty)) retreat, retire, make a getaway, (make a) run for it, Colloq beat it, scram, skedaddle, take off, skip (out), take French leave, fly the coop, Slang head for the hills, Brit scarper, do a bunk, US and Canadian take a (run-out) powder, lam out of (somewhere), take it or go on the lam, US vamoose:
The minute the enemy appeared, the entire troop ran. Cavendish ran, hoping the police wouldn't catch him
3 go, cover, pass over, sprint, race:
He ran the mile in just under four minutes.
4 wander, rove, roam, meander, drift:
Some farmers allow their animals to run free, rather than penning them up
5 Often, run for. compete (for), be a candidate (for), vie, struggle, contend, fight (for), stand (for):
As she has already said she would not stand again, I doubt that she will run for re-election in the council elections
6 pass, flow, pour, stream, flood, gush, spill, dribble, spurt, issue, move, trickle, seep, discharge, cascade, spout:
You can see where the rainwater has run down this crack in the roof and into the room below
7 flow, diffuse:
The colour ran when he washed his red underwear with some white shirts in very hot water
8 melt, liquefy, dissolve, fuse:
It was so hot that the icing on top of the cake began to melt and run down the sides
9 keep, maintain, support, sustain, manage:
It is very expensive to run a large house.
10 operate, manage, direct, supervise, oversee, conduct, superintend, control, handle, manipulate, head, carry on, lead, regulate, take care of, look after, administer, be in charge of, coordinate:
She must be a terrifically high achiever to run a huge international conglomerate like that!
11 operate, perform, function, work, tick, go:
Even after all that abuse, the watch kept running and kept good time
12 extend, stretch, reach; amount, add up, total up, come (up):
The balance of payments deficit is running to twice last year's figure. His bill at the restaurant last night ran to more than $200
13 convey, transport, give (someone) a lift, drive, take, bring:
Tom said he would run me home in his new car.
14 bootleg, smuggle, deal or traffic in, Chiefly US and Canadian rustle:
During Prohibition, his father ran whisky from Canada to the US.
15 be in effect or force, be effective, have force or effect:
This lease has another year to run.
16 incur, invite, encourage, attract, be subjected to:
Aren't you running a risk asking Sheila to handle your money?
17 propel, drive; steer, guide, navigate:
If you are inept enough to run a boat aground, at least have the sense to do it at low tide
18 unravel, come undone, Chiefly Brit ladder:
My stocking ran just before I had to leave for the dance!
19 Sometimes, run off. print, offset, lithograph, reproduce, publish, display; imprint, position, place, locate, lay out:
They are going to run his story in the next issue of The Londoner! We'll run the photographs of the fire alongside the article on page one
20 run across. meet (up with), run into, come across, find, stumble on or upon, hit or chance or happen upon, Colloq bump into:
Guess whom I ran across at Harrods yesterday.
21 run after. chase, pursue, go after, court, woo, Colloq set one's cap for:
The City is filled with young men and women running after big money. Mick is running after this girl half his age, and he hasn't a clue that she's leading him on
22 run along. go away, leave, Slang get lost:
Sue wanted to get rid of Wayne and told him to run along.
23 run around. philander, be unfaithful, gallivant, Colloq sleep around, play the field:
How does she cope with his constant running around?
24 run around with. associate with, spend time with, dally with, consort with:
Cynthia is running around with a bad crowd these days.
25 run away. See 2, above.
26 run down.
(a) trace, track, hunt, stalk, follow, pursue, dog, shadow; find, locate, track down, discover:
We ran down the suspect in an abandoned barn in Little Fakenham.
(b) criticize, decry, defame, vilify, disparage, deprecate, depreciate, denigrate, Colloq knock, pan:
If you keep running him down like that he'll develop an inferiority complex before he's seven.
(c) weaken, tire, expire, play (itself) out, burn out, run out, fail, Colloq peter out:
Once the batteries have run down, we will no longer be able to transmit a distress-signal.
(d) strike, hit, smash or crash or slam into, run over, knock over or down, collide with:
On the way home, he almost ran down a boy on a bicycle.
27 run in. arrest, take into custody, jail, apprehend, take or bring in, Colloq pinch, nab, pull in, bust, collar, Brit nick:
This is the third time this week that Minette has been run in for soliciting.
28 run into. See 20, above.
29 run off.
(a) See 2, above.
(b) duplicate, print, copy, turn out, produce, make, manufacture, generate, Colloq do, churn out:
How quickly can you run off 1000 copies of this brochure?
30 run out.
(a) be exhausted, expire, terminate, (come or draw to a) close, end, cease:
The time for renewing your subscription has run out.
(b) finish, go, be exhausted, be used up, Colloq peter out:
The food had run out and we had no water when we were rescued.
31 run out of. use up, consume, eat up, exhaust, be out of:
We've run out of milk - can you nip down to the shop and get some?
32 run out on. desert, abandon, leave high and dry, forsake, leave in the lurch, leave holding the baby:
Despite all his promises, Edgar ran out on her when she became pregnant
33 run over.
(a) See 26 (d), above.
(b) scan, run through, go over, look over, flip or leaf or thumb through, look at, skim (through), browse through, dip into, review:
I promised Casey I would run over his article if I had the time.
(c) overflow, spill (over), brim over, slosh over, pour over; extend, reach, spread over, stretch over; exceed, go beyond, overreach, overshoot, surpass, transcend:
She accidentally let the bath run over, ruining the ceiling below. This article will run over onto the next page. McClelland always runs over the time allotted to his part of the proceedings.
(d) rehearse, run through, repeat, practise, review, go over, study, learn, memorize:
You'd best run over your speech again before the banquet.
34 run through.
(a) pierce, stab, transfix, stick, spit:
In the last scene, the hero runs the villain through with his sword before succumbing to his own wounds.
(b) squander, consume, use up, waste, fritter away, exhaust, deplete, spend, dissipate, throw away, Slang blow:
It didn't take Hugh more than a year to run through his inheritance.
(c) See 33 (b), above.
35 sprint, dash, race, jog, trot:
They go for a two-mile run every morning before breakfast.
36 trip, journey, visit, drive, expedition, trek, outing, excursion, jaunt, junket, sojourn, Colloq spin, joyride:
He has to make a run over to Paris for the weekend, supposedly on business
37 route, routine, circuit, passage, trip, cycle, round; beat:
I was on the Murmansk run during the war.
38 period, spate, interval, time, spell, stretch, course; engagement, booking, Colloq patch:
Roger has had a run of bad luck and could use some help. The show had a long run on Broadway
39 access, freedom, liberty:
The children had the run of the house for a week while their parents were away
40 return, satisfaction, reward, recompense, compensation, requital, expiation, atonement, repayment, remuneration:
Although the odds are never in your favour, you get a good run for your money at Diamond Lil's Gambling Emporium
41 series, sequence, stream, spate, string, succession, progression:
Will attributed his poor showing at the tournament to a bad run of cards
42 stream, brook, runnel, creek, rill, rivulet, Brit beck, Scots burn, US branch, kill:
There is a small run at the bottom of the hill.
43 demand, call, request:
Bouillon cubes seem to have enjoyed quite a run lately.
44 type, category, class, kind, sort:
Mark seems to be a bit more refined than the usual run of guest at Lisa's parties.
45 trail, track, piste, path, slope; way, runway:
She skied down the north run in record time.
46 enclosure, yard, pen, compound, runway; paddock; pound:
There is a good-sized run at the kennel where we board the dogs when we go on holiday.
47 Music roulade, cadenza, arpeggio, riff:
The soprano treated us to a marvellous run in which each note was distinct and pure.
48 in the long run. eventually, finally, after all, ultimately, in (due) time, in due course, in fine, in the end, at the end of the day, in the final analysis, all things considered, when all is said and done:
Regardless of early troubles, things always seem to turn out all right in the long run in his plays.
49 on the run.
(a) hastily, in haste, hurriedly, while under way, in a hurry, at speed, in a rush:
It isn't supposed to be good for you to eat breakfast on the run every day.
(b) on the loose, fleeing, escaping, running, in flight, running (away), Slang US on the lam:
He was on the run from the police and desperate to find Duncan.
(c) running, retreating, on the move or the go:
They kept the enemy on the run for a week.
50 the runs. diarrhoea, dysentery, upset stomach, Jocular tummy rot, Delhi belly, Aztec hop, turista or tourista, Mexican foxtrot or two-step or toothache, Montezuma's revenge, curse of Montezuma, Rangoon runs, Tokyo trots, Lambeth run(s):
I came down with the runs when we got to Ankara.