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Definition of run-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of running up something
2 : a usually sudden increase in volume or price
3 : a period immediately preceding an action or event

run up

ran up; run up; running up; runs up

Definition of run up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to grow rapidly : shoot up

transitive verb

1 : bid up
2 : to stitch together quickly
3 : to erect hastily
4 : to achieve by accumulating ran up a big lead

Examples of run-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chubb had to reach for a low pass from Mayfield, then sidestepped a diving defender to run up the sideline for a seven-yard gain. Scott Patsko,, "Nick Chubb was the Nick Chubb everyone expected: Week 1 positives," 9 Sep. 2019 Cards dropped 8 back in coverage but the QB was able to run up the middle every time for big yards. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football mailbag: Your questions on Jawon Pass, the Cardinals' roster and more, answered," 4 Sep. 2019 Believe it or not, the Terps didn’t go out of their way to run up the score in the second half. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Terps overwhelm Howard, pay coincidental tribute to Jordan McNair by putting his No. 79 on scoreboard," 1 Sep. 2019 At one point during the date, Caelynn and Dean decided to run up to the pool at their date locale and jump in together. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Bachelor in Paradise's' Caelynn Miller-Keyes Shares a Meme About "Why Women Have Trust Issues"," 17 Aug. 2019 Thanks to an expansive area of high pressure enveloping all of Greenland — the same weather system that brought extreme heat to Europe last week — temperatures in Greenland have been running up to 15 to 30 degrees above average this week. Washington Post, "The Greenland ice sheet poured 197 billion tons of water into the North Atlantic in July alone," 3 Aug. 2019 The Japanese sought to find weaknesses, but kept running up against American power on land, on the sea and in the air. Benjamin Jensen, The Conversation, "A World War II battle holds key lessons for modern warfare," 25 July 2019 Once freed, the man tried to run up the stairs but the inmates helped the deputy restrain him, the sheriff’s office said. Fox News, "3 Georgia inmates stop man from trying to commit suicide: report," 19 July 2019 But the Scandinavians may also try to run up the score in an attempt to level the goal differential with the Americans. Jenna Fryer,, "USWNT face Chile with a chance to advance in the World Cup," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of run-up


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of run-up

: a usually sudden increase in price
: the period immediately before an action or event

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