to go around, rove, or ramble without restraint (often followed by about ): to run about in the park.
to move, roll, or progress from momentum or from being hurled, kicked, or otherwise propelled: The wheel ran over the curb and into the street.
8. Sports. a.
to take part in a race
to finish in a race or contest in a certain numerical position: The horse ran second.
to be or campaign as a candidate for election.
to migrate, as fish: to run in huge shoals.
to migrate upstream or inshore from deep water to spawn.
to move under continuing power or force
, as of the wind, a motor, etc.: The car ran along the highway.
(of a ship, automobile, etc.) to be sailed or driven from a safe, proper, or given route: The ship ran aground.
to ply between places, as a vessel or conveyance: This bus runs between New Haven and Hartford.
to move, glide, turn, rotate, or pass easily, freely, or smoothly: A rope runs in a pulley.
to creep, trail, or climb, as growing vines: The ivy ran up the side of the house.
to come undone or to unravel, as stitches or a fabric: these stockings run easily.
to flow, as a liquid: Let the water run before you drink it.
to flow along, especially strongly, as a stream or the sea: The rapids ran over the rocks.
to empty or transfer contents: The river ran into the sea.
to appear, occur, or exist within a certain limited range; include a specific range of variations (usually followed by from ): Your work runs from fair to bad.
to melt and flow or drip: Wax ran down the burning candle.
Golf. (of a golf ball) to bounce or roll along the ground just after landing from a stroke: The ball struck the green and ran seven feet past the hole.
to spread on being applied to a surface, as a liquid: Fresh paint ran over the window molding onto the pane.
to spread over a material when exposed to moisture: The dyes in this fabric are guaranteed not to run in washing.
to undergo a spreading of colors: materials that run when washed.
to flow forth as a discharge: Tears ran from her eyes.
to discharge or give passage to a liquid or fluid: Her eyes ran with tears.
to operate or function: How does your new watch run? Cars run on gasoline.
to be in operation: the noise of a dishwasher running.
to continue in operation: The furnace runs most of the day.
to elapse; pass or go by, as time: Time is running out, and we must hurry.
to pass into or meet with a certain state or condition: to run into debt; to run into trouble.
to get or become: The well ran dry.
to amount; total: The bill ran to $100.
to be stated or worded in a certain manner: The minutes of the last meeting run as follows.
37. Commerce. a.
to accumulate, follow, or become payable in due course, as interest on a debt: Your interest runs from January 1st to December 31st.
to make many withdrawals in rapid succession, as from a bank.
38. Law. a.
to have legal force or effect, as a writ.
to continue to operate.
to go along with: The easement runs with the land.
to proceed, continue, or go: The story runs for eight pages.
to extend in a given direction: This road runs north to Litchfield.
to extend for a certain length: The unpaved section runs for eight miles.
to extend over a given surface: Shelves ran from floor to ceiling.
to be printed, as on a printing press: Two thousand copies ran before the typo was caught.
to appear in print or be published as a story, photograph, etc., in a newspaper, magazine, or the like: The account ran in all the papers. The political cartoon always runs on the editorial page.
to be performed on a stage or be played continually, as a play: The play ran for two years.
to occur or take place continuously, as a movie: The picture runs for two hours.
to pass quickly: A thought ran through his mind. Her eyes ran over the room.
to be disseminated, circulated, or spread rapidly: The news of his promotion ran all over town.
to continue or return persistently; recur: The old tune ran through his mind all day.
to have or tend to have or produce a specified character, quality, form, etc.: This novel runs to long descriptions. Her sister is fat too, but the family runs to being overweight.
to be or continue to be of a certain or average size, number, etc.: Potatoes are running large this year.
Nautical. to sail before the wind.