\ 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


\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That app will run on Skydio’s selfie-drone launched last fall, and also the boxier black business-and-government model that greeted WIRED and will be released later this year. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI," 13 July 2020 The tests can be run on the company's Veritor Plus System, which is already in use at about 25,000 U.S. health care facilities, at a cost of about $20 per test, not counting the $250 to $300 price for the platform itself. TheWeek, "Newly approved COVID-19 test promises results in 15 minutes for about $20," 7 July 2020 With a couple exceptions, the two drivers’ run on the IMS road course has been a dominant one each year, particularly for Power. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Can Team Penske prevail in Grand Prix again?: 'One of those tracks that really clicks'," 3 July 2020 It was scheduled to be run on Nov. 1 and would have celebrated its 50th anniversary. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "New York City Marathon canceled over coronavirus concerns," 24 June 2020 In 1976, the country — battling a run on the pound triggered by recession and concern about high levels of public spending — was forced to appeal for a nearly $4 billion IMF loan. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Could the United Kingdom become an emerging market?," 10 July 2020 Exelon has also invested in Charge Point, an operator of the largest electric vehicle charging network, in a bid to help the transportation sector, the highest emitting, to run on more clean power produced by Exelon. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Carbon emissions in electricity fell in 2019 even as economy grew," 8 July 2020 His first strikeout arrived in the fifth as the Pirates had the tying run on third and the go-ahead runs on first and second base. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "D-backs, Cards, Bayside find late-inning heroes in NASA Little League action," 8 July 2020 Beware of a run on popcorn in the grocery aisle at Walmart. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Drive-In Movies Coming to Walmart Later This Summer," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of run-on


1874, in the meaning defined above


1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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“Run-on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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