run-in

noun \ ˈrən-ˌin \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of run-in

1 British :the final part of a race or racetrack
3 :something inserted as a substantial addition in copy or typeset matter

First Known Use of run-in

1799

run-in Synonyms


run in

verb

Definition of run in

transitive verb
1 a :to insert as additional matter
b :to make (typeset matter) continuous without a paragraph or other break
2 :to arrest for a usually minor offense
3 chiefly British :to break in (a new machine) gradually by careful operation
intransitive verb
:to pay a casual visit

Examples of run in in a Sentence

  1. I just thought I'd run in and pick up my package.

  2. if we catch you shoplifting again, we're going to run you in

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First Known Use of run in

1888

run in Synonyms

Synonyms
come by, come over, drop by, drop in, pop (in), run (over), call, step in, stop (by or in), visit
Antonyms
discharge
Related Words
barge (in); look up, see; bop (into), happen (by); frequent, hang (at), haunt, resort (to)
Near Antonyms
emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchain

RUN-IN Defined for English Language Learners

run-in

noun

Definition of run-in for English Language Learners

  • : an angry argument


RUN-IN Defined for Kids

run-in

noun \ ˈrən-ˌin \

Definition of run-in for Students

:an angry argument


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