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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

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National Geographic Kids reports that adult tigers can run up to 40 mph. Jen Juneau,, "Tiger Chases After Motorcycle in Terrifying Viral Video," 4 July 2019 The species, which survived the Ice Age, can run up to 40 miles per hour. Fox News, "Utah man gored, trampled in bison attack while out on trail run," 5 June 2019 Ivory owners will be responsible for arranging the tests and covering the costs, which could run up to $800 (according to the nonprofit group Traffic, which monitors wildlife trade, whole tusks in Japan sell for an average of $2,000 each). Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "Japan's new rules for curbing ivory trade won't work, many experts say," 8 Apr. 2019 Modric’s slicing run up to the area leads to a chance for Sime Vrsaljko after a couple passes back and forth across the area, but Vrsaljko’s shot is blocked by a defender. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 Earlier this year, the county’s Spending Affordability Committee — which offers advice on the county’s finances — warned that the county is on track to run up against its limits for borrowing while not setting aside enough money in savings. Pamela Wood,, "New Baltimore County water, sewer rates go into effect July 1; what they'll be hasn't been disclosed," 25 June 2018 During her live report from a city square in Saransk, Russia, a man ran up to Gonzalez Thoran, groped her breast and kissed her on the cheek. Jenna West,, "Female Reporter Sexually Assaulted on Live TV at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively. Jennifer Brett,, "Golden Globes center on politics, social issues this year," 7 Jan. 2018 The woman was walking into the store in the 9400 block of Main Street around 12:30 p.m. April 19 when a man ran up to her and stole the bank bag right out of her hands, according to the Houston Police Department. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Bank jugging’ caught on camera outside Houston dollar store," 26 June 2019

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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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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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