run-on

adjective
\ ˈrən-ˈȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˈän \

Definition of run-on

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

run-on

noun
\ ˈrən-ˌȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˌän \

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run on

verb
ran on; run on; running on; runs on

Definition of run on (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of run-on in a Sentence

Verb we were just running on about how neither of us has aged a bit after all these years allow the savings account to run on for now

First Known Use of run-on

Adjective

1874, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Run-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-on. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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