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

The brothers traveled to Pamplona to participate in the running of the bulls. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "'Mom's not gonna like this.' Northern Kentucky man gored by bull in Pamplona, Spain, now recovering.," 9 July 2019 Ducey did not select Montgomery for the Senate post, but the polarizing prosecutor is now in the running to replace Bales. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "By adding justices to the Arizona Supreme Court, did Ducey help the state — or help himself?," 8 July 2019 Australia is the early favorite, but eight others are in the running, including South Korea, which has suggested a joint bid with North Korea. Steven Goff, courant.com, "USWNT will celebrate and be celebrated - and then it’s back to work," 8 July 2019 The Raider’s big brother, the SB-1 Defiant, uses the same general setup and is in the running to replace the Army’s esteemed twin-engine Black Hawk helicopter, through the Future Vertical Lift program. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy," 5 July 2019 With so many candidates in the running, and President Trump continuing to drive news cycles, viral breakout moments are at a premium. CBS News, "Buttigieg raised a lot of money ... now what?," 3 July 2019 Female participation in running has steadily risen at all distances and levels since the 1980s. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 More than 150 other nonprofits were also in the running from San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, June 27," 27 June 2019 The Buckeyes are also in the running to land four-star safety Latham Ransom, who attends the same school as Robinson. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Kelee Ringo, the nation’s top cornerback, lists Ohio State football in top five: Buckeyes recruiting," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During the trip, Ocasio-Cortez also had accused Border Patrol agents of telling the migrants to drink from the toilet since there wasn't any running water from faucets, a claim Trump supporters said wasn't true. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Migrants 'treated like cattle' in detention centers," 8 July 2019 Many restaurants are also staffing up and plan to be open and running specials for people who want to stop by after the parade, Hafford said. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "March on: Quest tries to pinpoint age of Towson Fourth of July parade," 2 July 2019 One problem, Zuckerberg proclaimed, is that Facebook doesn’t have a mechanism for deterring foreign governments from running influence operations. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False," 26 June 2019 Monte Beach Wondering where Jane gets in all those running sessions? Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Big Little Lies," 17 June 2019 The impact of the intertwining of al-Qaida fighters with the coalition campaign is clearest in Taiz, Yemen's largest city and center of one of the war's longest running battles. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 Dreems is a funky, party-rocking set spanning 13 tracks with a running time of more than 90 minutes. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Cassius Pay Tribute to Philippe Zdar With 'Dreems' Album Release: Stream It Now," 21 June 2019 Grunewald, known by many in the running world as Gabe, ran with her own scar on her abdomen, a result of surgical treatment for adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "Athletes reflect on the life of Gabriele Grunewald," 16 June 2019 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

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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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More Definitions for running

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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