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run-on

adjective \ ˈrən-ˈȯn , -ˈän \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of run-on

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

First Known Use of run-on

1874


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run-on

noun \ ˈrən-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of run-on

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

First Known Use of run-on

1892


run on

verb

Definition of run on

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

Examples of run on in a Sentence

  1. we were just running on about how neither of us has aged a bit after all these years

  2. allow the savings account to run on for now

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First Known Use of run on

15th century


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