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runaway

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noun run·away \ˈrə-nə-ˌwā\

Definition of runaway

  1. 1 :  one that runs away from danger, duty, or restraint :  fugitive

  2. 2 :  the act of running away out of control; also :  something (such as a horse) that is running out of control

  3. 3 :  a one-sided or overwhelming victory

Recent Examples of runaway from the Web

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First Known Use of runaway

1534


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runaway

adjective run·away

Definition of runaway

  1. 1a :  running away :  fugitiveb :  leaving to gain special advantages (such as lower wages) or avoid disadvantages (such as governmental or union restrictions) runaway shipping firms a runaway shop

  2. 2 :  accomplished by elopement or during flight

  3. 3 :  won by or having a long lead a runaway success; also :  extremely successful a runaway best seller

  4. 4 :  subject to uncontrolled changes runaway inflation

  5. 5 :  being or operating out of control a runaway oil well a runaway nuclear reactor

Examples of runaway in a Sentence

  1. The play was a runaway success.

  2. a region plagued by runaway suburban sprawl

Recent Examples of runaway from the Web

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First Known Use of runaway

1548


RUNAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

runaway

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noun

Definition of runaway for English Language Learners

  • : someone (such as a child) who leaves home without permission : someone who runs away from home

runaway

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Definition of runaway for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe a person who has left home without permission or who has escaped from some place

  • : operating, running, increasing, etc., in a fast and dangerous way that cannot be controlled

  • : extremely successful


RUNAWAY Defined for Kids

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runaway

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noun run·away \ˈrə-nə-ˌwā\

Definition of runaway for Students

  1. 1 :  someone who leaves a place (as home) secretly without intending to return

  2. 2 :  a horse that is running out of control


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runaway

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adjective run·away

Definition of runaway for Students

  1. 1 :  having left a place secretly with no intention of returning

  2. 2 :  escaping from control a runaway horse



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