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

Definition of running

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the action of running
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



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



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 Beavers are riding the running of B.J. Baylor and solid play from quarterback Chance Nolan to average 35 points per game. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 This was a game, and an opponent, that would surely have been exposed by the direct running and sheer speed of the Fiorentina man. Adam Digby, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Miami has been one of the NFL’s worst running teams all three years of Flores’ tenure, and Miami entered Sunday’s game as the team that featured the worst rushing attack in the league. Steve Svekis,, 24 Oct. 2021 It was supposed to be the strength of the team, carrying a group of talented, but unexperienced running backs, and helping quarterback Malik Cunningham find his new crop of receivers. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 24 Oct. 2021 Thanks to the running and throwing of quarterback Brady Drogosh, the Pilots capped off an undefeated regular season Saturday by routing U-D Jesuit, 49-14, in the Catholic League A-B Division football championship at Ford Field. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2021 Facebook’s tool kit was extensive, including running banners and labels with authoritative information and measures such as dialing down the virality of problematic content through tweaks to the algorithms that determine what users see. Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Reed Albergotti, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2021 Several speakers sought to tie Youngkin and his running mates to Trump. Sarah Rankin, ajc, 23 Oct. 2021 Rice took the first lead of the game with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Jordan Myers but a running into the kicker foul was called and the Owls converted a short fourth-down play. Evan Dudley, al, 23 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At Kansas City in Week 3, Justin Herbert checked out of a running play and passed to Mike Williams for a four-yard score with 32 seconds remaining. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Blumrick later got hurt on a running play and Burmeister returned to the game. Hank Kurz Jr.,, 10 Oct. 2021 The running play was Gould’s first of his OSU career. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 In that game, McClellan scored three times: Off that blocked punt, via a running play and via a passing play. Nick Kelly, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Thompson, a transfer from Utah, sustained a hamstring injury on a running play against UNLV and has not played since. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 Martinez left the game for one series in the first quarter after two defenders tackled him hard on a running play on the Huskers’ opening possession. Matt Schoch, ajc, 26 Sep. 2021 The third-round pick in 2020 was carted off the field in the second quarter when he got rolled up on from behind during a running play. Ryan Mcfadden,, 14 Sep. 2021 Brown called for a running play, but Graham had other ideas. Rod Walker,, 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of running


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1719, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2021

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“Running.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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



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



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

: following or happening one after the other

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