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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

Examples of run-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That day, climbers ran up and down the mountain, looking for specific problems and trying their hardest to complete them. Sasha Digiulian, Outside Online, "Why Sasha DiGiulian Lobbies Congress in Her Free Time," 13 Nov. 2019 Independent businesses run up and down Main Street. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, "Revisiting an American Town Where Black People Weren’t Welcome After Dark," 7 Nov. 2019 The entire setup means no running up and down for a cold drink. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "This Media Room Is Perfect for Movie Nights," 14 Oct. 2019 The Utes have a running game that is every bit as strong as Oklahoma State, which ran up and down the field against the Beavers. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers vs. Utah Utes football: Preview, how to watch, key stats, notes,," 11 Oct. 2019 An uncomfortable tingling is running up and down my spine. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "How One Writer Uncovered the Truth About the Family She Lost in the Holocaust," 3 Oct. 2019 Imagine Joe DiMaggio as a schoolboy running up and down the stairwells in the ’20s. Christopher Reynolds,, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 27 Sep. 2019 Imagine Joe DiMaggio as a schoolboy running up and down the stairwells in the ’20s. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 14 Sep. 2019 However, anticipate running up and down stairs to bring in groceries, get something from the garage, and answer the doorbell. Anchorage Daily News, "The first thing to pay attention to when you’re checking out a house for sale," 8 Aug. 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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“Run-up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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