\ˈrən-ˈȯn, -ˈän\

Definition of run-on 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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


\ˈrən-ˌȯn, -ˌän\

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run 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


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

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Brock Holt scampered home with the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander, a brutal mistake that almost doomed his team. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 The Raiders then tried to establish the run on their opening drive and netted one yard on three hand-offs to Marshawn Lynch. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the (inter)national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 27-3 trouncing of the Oakland Raiders," 15 Oct. 2018 Reyes then fouled off three straight pitches – two 92 mph cutters and a 94 mph four-seamer – before Jansen missed high and away with one last cutter to put the game’s tying run on first base. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres' Franmil Reyes savoring teachable moments," 13 July 2018 The Reds added another run on Hamilton’s RBI single later in the inning. John Fay,, "Jesse Winker's first grand slam lifts Cincinnati Reds over Chicago Cubs 6-2," 21 June 2018 With the go-ahead run on second base with two outs, reliever Jorge Lopez stepped in. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 July 2018 Reaction from Alex Bregman and A.J. Hinch to the final play With the winning run on third and one out, Alex Bregman barely got a piece of a sinker and nubbed it eight feet from home plate. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Relive Astros' Alex Bregman's wacky walk-off in photos," 11 July 2018 Miguel Andújar’s single off the glove of a diving Manny Machado put the tying run on to lead off the ninth, but closer Zach Britton left him on third base in a tense ninth inning. Jon Meoli,, "Danny Valencia's three-run homer gives Orioles 5-4 win vs. Yankees, ending six-game slide," 9 July 2018 Zobrist scored the go-ahead run on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder to second baseman Scooter Gennett, who was playing back for a possible double play instead of in for an out at the plate. Phil Rogers,, "Four-run eighth inning gives Cubs wild 8-7 win against Reds," 7 July 2018

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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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