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runaway

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noun run·away \ˈrə-nə-ˌwā\

Simple Definition of runaway

  • : someone (such as a child) who leaves home without permission : someone who runs away from home

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of runaway

  1. 1 :  one that runs away from danger, duty, or restraint :  fugitive

  2. 2 :  the act of running away out of control; also :  something (as a horse) that is running out of control

  3. 3 :  a one-sided or overwhelming victory

1547

First Known Use of runaway

1547

Rhymes with runaway

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runaway

adjective run·away

Simple Definition of runaway

  • —used to describe a person who has left home without permission or who has escaped from someplace

  • : operating, running, increasing, etc., in a fast and dangerous way that cannot be controlled

  • : extremely successful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of runaway

  1. 1 a :  running away :  fugitive b :  leaving to gain special advantages (as lower wages) or avoid disadvantages (as governmental or union restrictions) <runaway shipping firms> <a runaway shop>

  2. 2 :  accomplished by elopement or during flight

  3. 3 :  won by or having a long lead <a runaway success>; also :  extremely successful <a runaway best seller>

  4. 4 :  subject to uncontrolled changes <runaway inflation>

  5. 5 :  being or operating out of control <a runaway oil well> <a runaway nuclear reactor>

Examples of runaway in a sentence

  1. The play was a runaway success.

  2. <a region plagued by runaway suburban sprawl>



1548

First Known Use of runaway

1548


RUNAWAY Defined for Kids

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runaway

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noun run·away \ˈrə-nə-ˌwā\

Definition of runaway for Students

  1. 1 :  someone who leaves a place (as home) secretly without intending to return

  2. 2 :  a horse that is running out of control




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runaway

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adjective run·away

Definition of runaway for Students

  1. 1 :  having left a place secretly with no intention of returning

  2. 2 :  escaping from control <a runaway horse>





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