running

noun
run·​ning | \ ˈrə-niŋ How to pronounce running (audio) \

Definition of running

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the action of running
b : race
2 : physical condition for running
in the running
1 : competing in a contest
2 : having a chance to win a contest
out of the running
1 : not competing in a contest
2 : having no chance of winning a contest

running

adjective

Definition of running (Entry 2 of 3)

2 : fluid, runny
3a : incessant, continuous a running battle
b : made during the course of a process or activity a running commentary on the game
4 : measured in a straight line cost of lumber per running foot
5a : initiated or performed while running or with a running start a running catch a running jump
b : of, relating to, or being a football play in which the ball is advanced by running rather than by passing their running game was off
c : designed for use by runners a running track running shoes
6 : fitted or trained for running rather than walking, trotting, or jumping a running horse

running

adverb

Definition of running (Entry 3 of 3)

: in succession : consecutively three days running

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Examples of running in a Sentence

Noun

He took up running for exercise. They go running every evening.

Adjective

Never add fuel to a running engine. The farmer had a running battle with pests and disease. The major television stations provided running commentaries on the election results. She kept a running total of their expenses on the trip.

Adverb

He has won the competition three times running. he won the championship five times running
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other names in the running according to Ladbrokes are Grace, Philip, Arthur, James, and Mary. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Name Their First Baby?," 8 Apr. 2019 Also in the running at the time: Rachel Campos of The Real World: San Francisco and Erin Hershey Presley from Port Charles. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Happened on 'The View' Between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell," 27 Mar. 2019 Three candidates had hoped to become their states’ first African-American governors, although just one — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams — was still in the running. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "Added Democratic ranks pose threat to Trump governing agenda," 7 Nov. 2018 That being said, the Inspire doesn’t claim to be a running watch. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Fitbit Made Some Big Changes to Its Product Lineup," 27 Apr. 2019 To help quiet the running list of things to do in your head and get your attention on your body, Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Becoming Cliterate, recommends a relaxing activity, like listening to music. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best 7 Masturbation Tips to Get You Super Turned On When You're Solo," 23 Mar. 2019 How has cancer changed your approach to running and racing? Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Professional Runner Gabe Grunewald Has Stage 4 Cancer, But She's Not Giving Up Racing," 12 June 2018 That background was among the reasons Trump, who arrived in Washington with no government experience, chose Pence as his running mate. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Pence tested in role of messenger for Trump policies," 13 Jan. 2019 Fans wondered for months who Today would pick – some thought Al Roker or Savannah Guthrie might be in the running. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Host Kathie Lee Gifford Reacts to Jenna Bush Hager Replacing Her," 26 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Power meters, a way of measuring an athlete’s effort, are gaining traction in the running world. Charles Wallace, WSJ, "Runners Adopt Power Meters to Improve Training and Performance," 29 Apr. 2019 These standards are pretty difficult—women ages 18 to 34, for example, had to run a qualifying marathon in about 3 hours, 30 minutes (or less) to snag a 2019 bib—and achieving them is considered a huge accomplishment in the running world. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 Making us the longest running drama in Television History! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Mariska Hargitay Had the Most Emotional Response to the Historic 'Law & Order: SVU' News," 6 Apr. 2019 Hint: In most cases, water-soluble products (like bleach) can be flushed down the drain or toilet with running water, and solid cleaning products like bar soaps and scouring pads can go in the trash. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 If your body is signaling to you that certain running conditions are uncomfortable or even painful, listen to it. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Yes, Your Joints Do Hurt More When It's Cold Out—Here’s Why," 27 Dec. 2018 Even getting food for team meetings can be a challenge, since the nearest restaurants and grocery stores are 90 minutes away from the Navajo Mountain community, where a number of homes don’t have running water, Anderson said. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Navajo robotics team heads to international competition," 7 Aug. 2018 The Hagerty Price Guide says that a car like this in running condition could be worth anywhere from $20,000, to $50,000 or more for one that’s been through a full restoration, something this example is a prime candidate for. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1968 Dodge Charger parked since the 1990s is worth a bundle," 16 July 2018 After all, a running theme throughout the Victorian era was a prioritization of form over function. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Victorian Homes," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of running

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adverb

1719, in the meaning defined above

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running

noun

English Language Learners Definition of running

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the activity or sport of running
: the activity of managing or operating something
: the activity of bringing drugs, guns, etc., to a place illegally and secretly

running

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of running (Entry 2 of 3)

: operating or flowing
: going on steadily or repeatedly for a long period of time
: made during the course of a process or activity

running

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of running (Entry 3 of 3)

: following or happening one after the other

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