Synonyms of run in English:

run


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verb

1‘she jumped out of her car and ran across the road’

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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, 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, leg it
North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
informal, dated cut along
archaic post, hie
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dawdle

2‘the other three men turned and ran’

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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 retreat, 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, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk, leg it
North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skiddoo
Australian informal go through, shoot through
British vulgar slang bugger off
archaic fly
ANTONYMS

stay

3‘he decided to run in the marathon’

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compete, take part, participate
enter, be in

4‘my horse ran second to Suave Dancer in this race last year’

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finish, come in, come

5‘a shiver ran down my spine’

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go, pass, move, travel
roll, coast

6‘Grant ran his eye down the column of figures’

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cast, pass, skim, flick, slide

7‘a narrow, twisting road which runs the length of the Duddon valley’

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extend, stretch, reach, range, continue, go

8‘rainwater ran from the eaves’

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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’

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stream with, drip with, be covered with, be wet with
be flooded by

10‘my nose was running’

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stream, drip, exude liquid, ooze liquid, secrete liquid

11‘a courtesy bus runs to Sorrento three times a day’

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travel, ply, shuttle, go, make a regular journey

12‘I'll run you back to your hotel’

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drive, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, chauffeur
transport, convey

13‘he runs a transport company’

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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
preside over, officiate at

14‘he could no longer afford to run a car’

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maintain, keep, own, possess, have, drive

15‘they ran a series of tests’

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carry out, do, perform, fulfil, execute

16‘he left the engine running’

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operate, function, work, go, be in operation
tick over, idle
perform, behave

17‘the lease runs for twenty years’

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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’

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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’

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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’

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publish, print, feature, carry, put out, release, issue

21‘they run drugs for the cocaine cartels’

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smuggle, traffic in, deal in

22‘they were run out of town’

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chase, drive, hunt, hound, put to flight

noun

1‘his early morning run along the Embankment’

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sprint, race, dash, gallop, rush, spurt
jog, trot

2‘she volunteered to do the school run’

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route, way, course, journey
circuit, round, beat

3‘we went out for a run in the car’

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drive, ride, turn
trip, excursion, outing, jaunt, short journey, airing
informal spin, joyride, tootle
Scottish informal hurl

4‘the current run of unseasonably hot weather’

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period, spell, stretch, spate, bout
patch, interval, time
series, succession, sequence, string, chain, streak

5‘the budget accelerated a run on sterling’

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demand for, rush for, sudden request for, clamour for

6‘Margaret gave them the run of her home’

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free use of, unrestricted 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’

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type, kind, sort, variety, class, category, order

8‘against the run of play, Mytchett scored a second goal’

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trend, tendency, course, direction, movement, drift, tide, current
tenor

9‘the wire mesh of a chicken run’

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enclosure, pen, coop, compound

10‘a steep run with 10 cm of fresh snow’

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slope, piste, track
bump run
North American trail

11‘she had a run in her nylons’

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rip, tear, snag, hole
British ladder

Phrases

    run the show


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    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
    call the shots
    run in

    ‘he has a history of heart disease, which runs in the family’


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    be common in, be frequently found in, be inherent in
    run away

    1‘she screamed and the men ran away’


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    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 retreat, 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, 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, leg it
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skiddoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    archaic fly, levant
    ANTONYMS

    stay

    2‘the administration has tried to run away from its responsibilities’


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    evade, dodge, get out of, shirk
    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’


    SYNONYMS
    run off with, elope with

    4‘Mario Andretti ran away with the championship’


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    win easily, win hands down
    informal win by a mile, walk it, romp home
    in the long run


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    eventually, in the end, ultimately, when all is said and done, in the final analysis, in the fullness of time
    British informal at the end of the day
    on the run

    1‘a con man on the run’


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    on the loose, at large, loose
    running away, fleeing, in flight, fugitive
    informal AWOL
    North American informal on the lam

    2‘I've been on the run all day’


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    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
    run off

    1‘three youths scrambled out of the car and ran off’


    SYNONYMS
    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 retreat, 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, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, skip off
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk, have it away, have it away on one's toes, leg it
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skiddoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    British vulgar slang bugger off
    archaic fly, levant
    ANTONYMS

    stay

    2‘his wife ran off with one of the doctors’


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    run away with, elope with, go off with

    3‘he ran off with the £1000 in the appeal fund’


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    steal, take, snatch, purloin, abscond with, help oneself to
    pilfer, embezzle, misappropriate
    informal walk away with, walk off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, 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 for it


    SYNONYMS
    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 retreat, 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, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, fly the coop, do a fade
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk, leg it
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, skiddoo
    run to

    1‘the original bill ran to £22,000’


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    reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
    amount to, add up to, total, come to, equal

    2‘sorry, we can't run to champagne’


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    afford, stretch to, manage, have money for

    3‘he was running to fat’


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    tend to, show a tendency to
    become, get, grow
    run low

    ‘food supplies were running low’


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    dwindle, diminish, become depleted, get less, be used up, become exhausted, be short, be in short supply, be tight
    ANTONYMS

    be plentiful

    run rings around someone

    ‘in a demonstration of classy centre-forward play he ran rings around the opposition’


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    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 something over

    ‘he quickly ran over the story’


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    recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, go through, reiterate, review
    look through, look over, read through
    informal recap
    the runs


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    diarrhoea, loose motions, looseness of the bowels
    informal the skitters, the trots, Spanish tummy, Delhi belly, Montezuma's revenge, Aztec revenge, Aztec two-step
    British informal the squits, gippy tummy, holiday tummy
    North American informal turista
    dysentery, lientery
    archaic the flux, lax
    ANTONYMS

    constipation

    run someone through

    ‘Campbell threatened to run him through with his sword’


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    stab, pierce, transfix, impale
    run along

    ‘run along now, can't you see I'm busy?’


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    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 something off

    1‘Sophie, would you just run off a list of all the outstanding accounts, please?’


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    copy, photocopy, xerox, duplicate, print, photostat, mimeograph
    make, produce, do

    2‘run off some of the water that has been standing in the pipes’


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    drain, drain off, bleed off, draw off, pump out
    run through

    1‘her husband had long ago run through their money’


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    squander, fritter away, spend, spend like water, throw away, dissipate, waste, go through, consume, use up
    informal blow

    2‘the markedly sceptical attitude that runs through his writings’


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    pervade, permeate, suffuse, imbue, inform, go through

    3‘he ran through his notes again’


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    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 once-over, give something the once-over

    4‘okay, let's run through scene three again’


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    rehearse, practise, go through, go over, repeat, do again
    recapitulate
    North American run down
    informal recap
    run over

    1‘the bathwater's running over’


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    overflow, spill over, spill, brim over
    rare overbrim

    2‘the project ran wildly over budget’


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    exceed, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach
    run into

    1‘the plane was badly damaged when it ran into a parked aircraft’


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    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’


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    meet, meet by chance, run across, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
    informal bump into
    archaic run against

    3‘the negotiators immediately ran into a problem’


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    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’


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    reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
    run high

    ‘patriotic fervour was running high’


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    be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense
    run someone in


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

    1‘the boy was run down by joyriders’


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

    2‘she began to run him down in front of other people’


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    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
    rare derogate, asperse
    ANTONYMS

    praise

    run out on someone


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    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 across

    ‘we ran across David when we were playing in LA’


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    meet, meet by chance, come across, run into, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
    informal bump into
    archaic run against
    run up

    ‘his loose way of living ran up such big debts that he had to get out of town’


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    accumulate, accrue, amass, collect, gather, stockpile, heap up, rack up, build up, scrape together, hoard, lay in, lay up, garner
    British tot up
    run something down

    1‘she finally ran a copy of the book down in Covent Garden’


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    find, discover, locate, track down, trace, run to earth, unearth, hunt out, ferret out

    2‘employers should run down their labour forces gradually’


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    reduce, cut back on, cut, downsize, decrease, pare down, trim
    phase out, wind down, wind up
    ANTONYMS

    increase

    run down

    ‘he was dismayed to discover how much the farm had run down’


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    decline, degenerate, go downhill, become dilapidated, go to seed, fall into decay, decay, go to rack and ruin
    informal go to pot, go to the dogs
    ANTONYMS

    recover, improve

    1‘a run-down area of East London’


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    dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, gone to rack and ruin, in ruins, broken-down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating
    neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, depressed, down at heel, seedy, shabby, dingy, slummy, insalubrious, squalid
    informal shambly, crummy
    British informal grotty
    North American informal shacky
    Australian, New Zealand informal rumpty
    ANTONYMS

    smart

    2‘by eating more leafy green vegetables you can avoid feeling run down and tense’


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    unwell, ill, poorly, out of sorts, unhealthy, peaky, not oneself, below par, in bad shape
    tired, debilitated, drained, exhausted, fatigued, enervated, weak, worn out, washed out
    British off, off colour
    informal under the weather, crummy
    British informal not up to snuff, not feeling up to snuff, ropy, knackered
    Scottish informal wabbit
    Australian, New Zealand informal crook
    vulgar slang crappy
    dated seedy, queer
    rare peaked, peakish
    ANTONYMS

    healthy, well

    run someone or something over


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

    1‘food supplies were running out’


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    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’


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    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’


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    expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish
    lapse, be no longer valid
    run on

    1‘the call ran on for two and a quarter hours’


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    continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, extend, stretch

    2‘you're right, I do run on a bit at times, sorry’


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    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’


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    be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated with
    run after

    ‘ever since his school days, girls have been running after him’


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    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
    dated set one's cap at