\ ˈrən-ˌəp How to pronounce run-up (audio) \

Definition of run-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of running up something
2 : a usually sudden increase in volume or price
3 : a period immediately preceding an action or event

run up

ran up; run up; running up; runs up

Definition of run up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to grow rapidly : shoot up

transitive verb

1 : bid up
2 : to stitch together quickly
3 : to erect hastily
4 : to achieve by accumulating ran up a big lead

Examples of run-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Verizon customers who run up against the limits of their cloud storage plans are getting a new option: unlimited storage. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Here’s how much Verizon new unlimited cloud storage plan costs," 23 Mar. 2021 On a calm and mostly sunny day, Arneson and Christy Marvin collected victories in the Crazy Lazy, a 7-mile run up and down 3,700-foot Lazy Mountain near Palmer. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Lars Arneson turns in a hot time in Alaska’s only winter mountain run," 21 Mar. 2021 The features are all part of social media companies’ push to limit misinformation on their sites in the run up and aftermath of Election Day. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Twitter adds new warnings about misinformation in run up to election," 26 Oct. 2020 Here is the irony: in-suite bathrooms can be stocked with luxurious Diptyque hand and body products, that run up to $60 a piece. Ali Shahbaz, Forbes, "Surprising Details You Can’t Miss About Pandemic Air Travel In 2021," 2 Mar. 2021 Buy now, pay later customers can still run up fees. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Macy’s, Gap, Neiman Marcus Will Let You Buy Now, Pay Later," 28 Feb. 2021 Some humidifiers only run a few hours, while others can run up to 60. Bre Richey,, "The best humidifier for dry skin," 20 Feb. 2021 Nurses try to paint a picture that's accurate, Vilione says, but the impulse to be kind and reassuring can sometimes run up against painful facts when a patient's condition doesn't improve. Star Tribune, "A duty to mend regret and heartbreak," 7 Feb. 2021 Feral hogs can run up to 30 miles per hour, thanks to a lot of muscle packed in a lot of body. René A. Guzman,, "Feral hogs cause more than $1.5 billion in damage each year, but the most hated animals in Texas have their charms," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of run-up


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Run-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of run-up

: a usually sudden increase in price
: the period immediately before an action or event

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