\ ˈrən-ˈȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˈän\

Definition of run-on

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: continuing without rhetorical pause from one line of verse into another


\ ˈrən-ˌȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˌän\

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something (such as a dictionary entry) that is run on

run on

ran on; run on; running on; runs on

Definition of run on (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk or narrate at length
2 : to keep going : continue

transitive verb

1 : to continue (matter in type) without a break or a new paragraph : run in
2 : to place or add (something, such as an entry in a dictionary) at the end of a paragraphed item

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Examples of run-on in a Sentence

Verb we were just running on about how neither of us has aged a bit after all these years allow the savings account to run on for now
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sophomore James Guy burst through the Lowell defense for a 36-yard scoring run on the first play from scrimmage., "Most read on," 2 Nov. 2019 Kennedy-Richmond 23, Salesian-Richmond 21: Trey Baker scored on a 7-yard run on the game’s final play as the host Eagles (9-1, 4-1 Tri-County Athletic League) beat the Pride (8-2, 4-1). Mitch Stephens,, "Roundup: No. 11 St. Ignatius beats No. 12 Mitty," 2 Nov. 2019 With only two practices under his belt since being acquired in a trade from the Dolphins, Drake got things started with a 36-yard run on the first offensive snap of the game. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals make it interesting, but can't match undefeated 49ers, falling 28-25," 31 Oct. 2019 After tweaking an ankle on a 10-yard run on the second play of the Wildcats’ next drive, Bowden was forced to the sideline, giving Smith his first action in four games. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Against Missouri, Lynn Bowden proved he is more than a gimmick at quarterback," 27 Oct. 2019 Kellen Newman gave the visitors an early lead with a 1-yard TD run on the opening drive. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 10 St. Ignatius’ playoff hopes fall short vs. St. Xavier, 13-10," 26 Oct. 2019 Take out a 20-yard run on a fake punt by linebacker Tyriq Thompson, which is included statistically in the total yards on offense, and the Spartans managed just 10 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football knows offensive line must 'move people' to get run game going," 25 Oct. 2019 Brown replied with Allen Smith’s 1-yard TD run on its next drive, but Holy Cross led 13-7 after Derek Ng kicked two field goals, including a 25-yarder set up by Liam Anderson’s interception. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Degenhardt leads Holy Cross over Brown 47-31," 12 Oct. 2019 Pendleton was one of the youngest members ever to join the cast, and remained a regular for the entire show’s run on ABC from 1955-1959 — a feat which only nine children accomplished, including Annette Funicello. Georgia Slater,, "Karen Pendleton, Original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer, Dies at 73," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of run-on


1874, in the meaning defined above


1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Run-on.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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