\ 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


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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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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