Meaning of running in English:

running

Pronunciation /ˈrʌnɪŋ/

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noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or movement of a runner.

    ‘his running tore United to shreds’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you watch Cole in the centre circle when the action is elsewhere, he puts in little superfluous running.’
    • ‘The return to running should be gradual, starting at an easy pace on a level surface.’
    • ‘The up and down movement of the body during running may stimulate bowel activity.’
    • ‘Josh raced up the stairs and slammed into the wall, turned and resumed running.’
    • ‘His contribution has been to deploy the team in a setup to maximise John's pace and direct running.’
    • ‘Some great strokes and hard running from the batsman managed to make it seven needed from the last over.’
    • ‘Chances went begging for both sides before determined running by Tim saw him touch down in the corner.’
    • ‘For all his good running and putting of runners into space with deft passes, one of his primary jobs is to kick points.’
    • ‘At least part of that time should be spent running, preferably off the leash in a safe, confined area.’
    • ‘More direct running, allied with better movement on and off the ball, allowed a few better chances to be conjured up.’
    • ‘The guile of Johnny at stand off and the elusive running of Warren from full back kept the team one step ahead.’
    • ‘Great passing and running brought two tries for the Captain, but the Soulies responded each time.’
    • ‘The Laois style of quick passing and running was replaced by the more direct approach of catch and kick.’
    • ‘One had short black hair, the other long brown hair in a ponytail that was not so perfect anymore from the running.’
    • ‘Carter approached his gang tentatively, his face sweaty from all the running.’
    • ‘They rested for a minute, trying to catch their breath from all the running.’
    • ‘The Otley rugby player has been among their recruits producing some exciting if unorthodox running between the wickets.’
    1. 1.1The sport of racing on foot.
      ‘marathon running’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Exercise and some sports, eg running or squash can aggravate the joints.’
      • ‘According to his piece on marathons the older the better for long-distance running.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is for this reason that hill running is sometimes depicted as an obscure offshoot of mainstream athletics.’
      • ‘During his athletic days, he specialised in long-distance running.’
      • ‘Cross-country running is a great way for all athletes of every level to come and race together.’
      • ‘Blisters are a common minor injury for athletes who take part in prolonged sports, such as long-distance running or football.’
      • ‘I was into my running and competed in the London Marathon three times and did numerous half marathons.’
      • ‘Jay decided that he was out of shape and that maybe he should take up running.’
      • ‘She will leave after achieving the greatest performance in British middle-distance running of modern times.’
      • ‘After the war he switched from long-distance events to middle-distance running.’
      • ‘Lord Coe holds four Olympic medals and eight world records in middle-distance running.’
      • ‘EPO is a drug which can dramatically improve performances in middle- and long-distance running.’
      sprinting, sprint, racing
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  • 2The action of managing or operating something.

    ‘the day-to-day running of the office’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is no longer responsible for the day-to-day running of the chain, but he still makes time for jolly banter with the staff.’
    • ‘In addition to the few of us running the whole company, we were responsible for the day-to-day running of the house.’
    • ‘Companies will be expected to involve their investors in the day-to-day running of the business.’
    • ‘I have no idea whether they realise how much they have disrupted the day-to-day to running of the school.’
    • ‘She said the main day-to-day running of the hospital would follow usual operational arrangements in place during winter.’
    • ‘The Chamber of Commerce is always in need of funds and the money raised will go towards the day to day running of the operation.’
    • ‘A team of seven people will identify ways of generating cash and will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the vehicles.’
    • ‘Presiding over the various activities involved in the day-to-day running of the club is time consuming.’
    • ‘The funds raised go to the day-to-day running of the community council.’
    • ‘He is also planning to hire a new chief executive to handle the day-to-day running of the club.’
    • ‘The new management team were not previously involved in the general running of the printers, nor were they directors or shareholders.’
    • ‘But a spokesman denied his absence would jeopardise the smooth running of the general and county council elections.’
    • ‘The prefects play a vital role in the smooth running of the school.’
    • ‘It isn't always the case that you have to go on stage, there is plenty to do in the general running of the show.’
    • ‘The company keeps your data safe and is responsible for the financial running of the project.’
    • ‘The staff should be applauded for keeping it running under such circumstances.’
    • ‘The legitimate aim was the proper running of a multi-cultural, multi-faith, secular school.’
    administration, management, managing, organization, coordination, orchestration, handling, direction, conduct, overseeing, controlling, control, regulation, supervision, charge
    operation, working, functioning, performance
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adjective

attributive
  • 1(of water) flowing naturally or supplied to a building through pipes and taps.

    ‘hot and cold running water’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The former control tower, which included an officers' mess, has no electricity supply, sewage system or running water.’
    • ‘The building has a small lift and the rooms have running water, baths and hot showers and the caretaker has a television.’
    • ‘I could faintly hear the sounds of running water somewhere in the building.’
    • ‘This shows that Mars, like the Earth, once had an active hydrological cycle that ultimately led to running water on its surface.’
    • ‘There are signs all over the surface of running water, but at the moment it is dry.’
    • ‘In the background a soundtrack of running water and gravel could be heard.’
    • ‘If they do have running water, they're being told that they have to boil it.’
    • ‘Prisoners often had inadequate clothing to protect themselves from the elements, and most camps lacked running water and heat.’
    • ‘Visitors need access to toilets, hot running water and soap.’
    • ‘Several facilities failed to provide basic provisions for patients such as hot running water, toilet seats and clean bed linen.’
    • ‘The rooms were well-furnished and had English commodes, bath-tubs and running water.’
    • ‘The authority would be particularly interested in helping people whose homes still do not have indoor toilets or hot running water.’
    • ‘Tree houses now come with all modern conveniences including heat, light, running water and internet connections.’
    • ‘If one's eyes have been contaminated, wash with clean running water for at least 15 minutes.’
    • ‘The second room was a rudimentary kitchen with running water.’
    • ‘Without running water, women wash their cooking pots in the street.’
    • ‘The turbine powered three batteries to provide heat, lighting, and hot running water for the facilities.’
    flowing, streaming, gushing, rushing, moving
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    1. 1.1(of a sore or a part of the body) exuding liquid or pus.
      ‘a running sore’
      • ‘But she had an offensive, running sore that lay open from below her knee right down to her foot.’
  • 2Done while running.

    ‘a running jump’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took a running leap and jumped onto the cot, sending it crashing to the ground.’
    • ‘I took a running start and jumped for the bed falling face flat on a pillow.’
    • ‘He made a running jump over the space in the ground and landed on the other side.’
    • ‘In a running long jump the arms are out of phase, one behind and the other in front.’
    • ‘She got a good running start, and then jumped over the cement wall that was close to the warehouse.’
    • ‘So I took a running start towards him and jumped into the air.’
  • 3Continuous or recurring over a long period.

    ‘a running joke’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our kids got used to this, and, in fact, it became a running joke between them.’
    • ‘Everyone had heard of this movie because it was a running joke on the Benny show, but very few people had seen it.’
    • ‘My ‘application’ succeeded very well in its goal, becoming a running joke.’
    • ‘Dying of old age while in the waiting room has been a running joke for decades.’
    • ‘One of the film's funniest jokes is a running gag involving a car radio stuck on a 1980s soft rock revival station.’
    • ‘What started out as a convenient short-cut for the writers has become a running joke, at the show's expense.’
    • ‘The attempt to record the ever-changing audience will become one of the many running jokes that power the show.’
    • ‘The running joke is about a well-educated immigrant stuck in a dead job.’
    • ‘Much of the humour is contained in a variety of running jokes introduced throughout the first act.’
    • ‘It's become a running joke that I only invite her because she has this huge casserole dish that I borrow.’
    • ‘One of the film's running jokes has his three children growing fat because of their love of junk food.’
    • ‘The running joke is that Anna is wrongly convinced that Catherine is Irish.’
    • ‘Then for the next fortnight it would be a running joke in the restaurant.’
    • ‘So bad was the road that it became a running joke among those who use it regularly.’
    • ‘Alex's hair was kind of a running joke - mainly because it looked rather like a lion's mane.’
    • ‘It has running jokes, punch lines and a neat comic economy.’
    • ‘The police's long running battle to take on the burglar enters a new phase in the town this week.’
    continuous, ongoing, sustained, unceasing, incessant, ceaseless, uninterrupted, constant, perpetual, unbroken
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    1. 3.1postpositive Consecutive; in succession.
      ‘he failed to produce an essay for the third week running’
      • ‘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, one after the other, consecutively
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Phrases

    in the running
    • In contention for an award, victory, or a place in a team.

      ‘he is in the running for an Oscar’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The issue was not raised after Dean dropped out of the running.’
      • ‘All four teams in the East are within one game of each other and very much in the running.’
      • ‘Looking a few years down the line, I am hopeful of being in the running to be the first-choice keeper.’
      • ‘It never crossed my mind that I was even in the running, so it was bit of a shock.’
      • ‘So who is likely to be in the running for the honour and responsibility that goes with this new post?’
      • ‘A quick-thinking team who helped prevent an air crash are in the running for a top honour.’
      • ‘But they are hardly out of the running for the finals - so reports about player unhappiness with the coach are hardly well timed.’
    make the running
    British
    • Set the pace in a race or activity.

      ‘Arkle was making all the running’
      • ‘Arsenal continued to make the running and knew they had to remain patient, rather than become frustrated, as the minutes ticked away.’
      • ‘‘It was a very hard race, and once again I was left to make the running without any help,’ she complained.’
      • ‘First Row made the running to the turn when favourite Unfurled took over in front.’
      • ‘We discussed the race and decided that the other two runners needed a gallop so we wouldn't set it up for them by making the running.’
      • ‘In attempting to distinguish between local and provincial initiatives in the development of the Roman province, it is important to pause and consider who was making the running in the new province.’
      • ‘There are many twists and turns to come, and the contest could yet be delayed until next year, but the former chancellor is making the running.’
      • ‘It was down to us to try and make the running and we did that.’
      • ‘But his jockey revealed: ‘It wasn't the plan to make the running as he is a typical hold-up horse.’
      • ‘Traditionally, handset manufacturers make the running with technology, committing huge resources to get it working in the hope of making a sale.’
      • ‘In the water, never chase or approach a manatee; let it make the running.’
    out of the running
    • No longer in contention for an award, victory, or a place in a team.

      • ‘James is out of the running for the final’
    take a running jump
    • often as imperative Used as an expression of angry dismissal or rejection.

      ‘I hope you told that boss of yours to take a running jump’
      • ‘Time will tell, but if it tells me to read Yours Magazine, I may well tell time to take a running jump.’
      • ‘Then you really might want to take a running jump.’
      • ‘And their message is, on your own argument, that the anti-war party should take a running jump.’
      • ‘So until the law prohibits the sale of tobacco and the smoking thereof the non-smokers can go and take a running jump.’
      • ‘Until then, anyone coming near my children with a new improved vaccination can take a running jump.’
      • ‘He also slammed the intense ‘over the top’ media focus on his breach of the smoking ban, dismissed the media as a ‘bunch of hypocrites’, who could all take a running jump.’
      • ‘The new non-recruitment policy doesn't just impact new punters - existing users looking to renew their annual subscription will also be told to take a running jump.’
      • ‘Rather than telling the ‘buyer’ to take a running jump, Jeff decided to play him along while at the same time complaining about his actions to the online auction site.’
      • ‘He said if you don't like Mondays go take a running jump.’
    take up the running
    • Take over as pacesetter in a race.

      ‘Meanwhile, White was starting to lose ground as Tootell and Purdie took up the running at the front of the race.’
      • ‘Distinction, the 11-4 favourite, takes up the running with about half a mile to go and soon has the field strung out.’
      • ‘The seven-year-old was always in the lead group and took up the running at Aintree when Ardent Scout unseated his rider at the ninth of the 22 fences.’
      • ‘As the 14-strong field came into the home straight, North Light took up the running with Snow Ridge also making a move.’
      • ‘After an even break, Pinkerton takes up the running.’