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running mate


Simple Definition of running mate

  • : the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of running mate

  1. 1 :  companion

  2. 2 :  a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable

  3. 3 :  a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket; especially :  the candidate for vice-president

Examples of running mate in a sentence

  1. When John F. Kennedy ran for president, his running mate was Lyndon Johnson.

  2. <inseparable running mates who first met when they were in elementary school>


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