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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 With one out, leadoff man Daulton Varsho blooped a single to left field to drive in Thomas, and Arizona brought the winning run up to bat twice in Pavin Smith and Cooper Hummel. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 Several technical analysts provided optimistic interpretations of this run up in price. Charles Bovaird, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Senior Ansh Shah, who patterns his play after fellow lefty Rafael Nadal, had a terrific run up to the state semifinals, but had a tough go against Sheldon. Gregg Voss,, 12 June 2021 The shortfall this year is 9.7% higher than the $1.88 trillion deficit run up over the same period a year ago, the Treasury Department said Thursday in its monthly budget report. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 As a basic guide, 24-volt mowers can last around 20 to 30 minutes, whereas an 80-volt mower can run up to 60-minutes on a single charge. Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 Many companies had just run up millions, or billions, of dollars in losses due to the war in Ukraine, which led to a massive — and costly — corporate exodus from Russia. Michelle Toh, CNN, 10 May 2022 Those who need to be admitted run up against a system that’s chronically short on capacity, and that’s often been reimbursed at lower rates than medical care. Carey Goldberg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Republicans have sharply run up their margins among working-class white voters and in more rural areas, offsetting the losses that the party has suffered in the state’s suburbs around cities like Columbus and Cleveland. New York Times, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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“Run-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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