Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAN OUT

And so saying, George ran out into the street and made his way towards Islington.

Then, with scorn for my folly, I ran out into the hall, crying for help.

Then he ran out into the entryway, shouting and calling for his wife and daughter to come.

After he had effectually concealed her he ran out to give the alarm.

In her wrapper she ran out into the hallway and found him descending the stairs.

It became so stifling that Augustine ran out of spit and was forced to lick her lips.

Solange turned at once and ran out to seek the driver of the dog team.

I turned, and ran out of the gate and down the street as hard as ever I could.

She ran out, gathered leaves and flowers, and came back with them.

Captain Hiram took the slip of paper and ran out at the door bareheaded.

WORD ORIGIN

the modern verb is a merger of two related Old English words, in both of which the first letters sometimes switched places. The first is intransitive rinnan, irnan "to run, flow, run together" (past tense ran, past participle runnen), cognate with (cf. Middle Dutch runnen, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic rinnan, German rinnen "to flow, run").

The second is Old English transitive weak verb ærnan, earnan "ride, run to, reach, gain by running" (probably a metathesis of *rennan), from Proto-Germanic *rannjanan, causative of the root *ren- "to run." This is cognate with Old Saxon renian, Old High German rennen, German rennen, Gothic rannjan.

Both are from PIE *ri-ne-a-, nasalized form of root *reie- "to flow, run" (see Rhine).

Of streams, etc., from c.1200; of machinery, from 1560s. Meaning "be in charge of" is first attested 1861, originally American English. Meaning "seek office in an election" is from 1826, American English. Phrase run for it "take flight" is attested from 1640s. Many figurative uses are from horseracing or hunting (e.g. to run (something) into the ground, 1836, American English).

To run across "meet" is attested from 1855, American English. To run short "exhaust one's supply" is from 1752; to run out of in the same sense is from 1713. To run around with "consort with" is from 1887. Run away "flee in the face of danger" is from late 14c. To run late is from 1954.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.