\ 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


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

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In addition, Sexton claimed that until the former Delaware senator ran on the Obama ticket in 2008, his name recognition was very low outside the Northeast and vicinity. Fox News, "Buck Sexton: Joe Biden 'riding on the fumes' of Obama presidency," 17 Aug. 2019 Inquire about dues HOAs run on dues, your annual fee for living in the community. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Do your research before buying home, condo governed by HOA," 17 Aug. 2019 The Real Madrid star hit the ground running on his first-ever start in north London, keeping fans at Emirates Stadium on the edge of their seats with his delicate touches, sublime passes and ability to dance past Burnley's midfielders., "Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacazette & Aubameyang Secure Win," 17 Aug. 2019 Elected as Michigan's 49th governor in November, Whitmer, a Democrat, ran on a platform of fixing the state's crumbling roads and improving education and the environment. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer wants civil rights director ousted: These 8 people could decide his fate," 15 Aug. 2019 Wixey wrote simple code scripts or slightly more complete malware to run on each device. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons," 11 Aug. 2019 Which is to say, only the CPU runs on its own for a bit of extra time after each video frame is rendered, but the video and audio do not do so... Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "“Blast processing” in 2019: How an SNES emulator solved overclocking," 10 Aug. 2019 The El Paso mayor likely made his CNN appearance running on little sleep, after an intensely difficult day. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How Trump Obscures Mass Shootings With Doublespeak," 6 Aug. 2019 With motor running on low speed, drizzle in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until mostly smooth, increasing blender speed if necessary. 3. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Zucchanoush," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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