run[ ruhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF run
Synonyms for run
Antonyms for run
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RUN
Tell Mrs. Van Geist if she can't come down, I'll run up to her.
He ain't been run over—he's gone broke-lost all our money; every last cent.
Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.
But here, run away with my pen, I suffer my mother to be angry with me on her own account.
Gray Peter had been fresher than Sally at the end of the run of the day before.
He turned and began to run homewards, like a hunted man in desperate flight.
To you, she's just the same little girl that used to run about here in short frocks.
And I've got enough to run the show, if you'll keep me from chucking it away as I'm doing.
She had always paid him generously for the numerous errands he had run for her.
A year later, Harriett, run down, was ordered to the seaside.
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.