run-on

1 of 3

adjective

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

run-on

2 of 3

noun

1
: something (such as a dictionary entry) that is run on
2

run on

3 of 3

verb

ran on; run on; running on; runs on

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
While bowl games often live in the awkward space between season finale and way-too-early preview of what’s to come, UCLA is viewing Saturday’s L.A. Bowl at 4:30 p.m. at SoFi Stadium against Mountain West champion Boise State solely as a full-stop punctuation mark for this run-on season. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 This will have some partial run-on effect on how returning talk shows operate, as the strike means actors still won’t be able to promote their shows or movies. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of run-on was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Run-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-on. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

run-on

1 of 3 adjective
ˈrən-ˈȯn,
-ˈän
: continuing without pause from one line of verse to another

run-on

2 of 3 noun
ˈrən-ˌȯn,
-ˌän
1
: a dictionary entry that is run on
2

run on

3 of 3 verb
ˈrən-ˈȯn,
ˌrən-,
-ˈän
1
: to keep going : continue
2
: to talk or tell at length
3
: to place or add (as an entry in a dictionary) at the end of an entry

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