\ ˈrən-ˌin How to pronounce run-in (audio) \

Definition of run-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : the final part of a race or racetrack
3 : something inserted as a substantial addition in copy or typeset matter

run in

ran in; run in; running in; runs in

Definition of run in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to insert as additional matter
b : to make (typeset matter) continuous without a paragraph or other break
2 : to arrest for a usually minor offense
3 chiefly British : to break in (a new machine) gradually by careful operation

intransitive verb

: to pay a casual visit

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Examples of run-in in a Sentence

Verb I just thought I'd run in and pick up my package. if we catch you shoplifting again, we're going to run you in
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First Known Use of run-in


1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Run-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce run in (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of run-in

informal : an angry argument


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Kids Definition of run-in

: an angry argument

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