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running

noun

Definition of running

1 a :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

Examples of running in a Sentence

  1. He took up running for exercise.

  2. They go running every evening.

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First Known Use of running

before 12th century


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running

adjective

Definition of running

2 :fluid, runny
3 a :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
5 a :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

Examples of running in a Sentence

  1. Never add fuel to a running engine.

  2. The farmer had a running battle with pests and disease.

  3. The major television stations provided running commentaries on the election results.

  4. She kept a running total of their expenses on the trip.

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First Known Use of running

14th century


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running

adverb

Definition of running

:in succession :consecutively
  • three days running

Examples of running in a Sentence

  1. He has won the competition three times running.

  2. he won the championship five times running

First Known Use of running

1719



RUNNING Defined for English Language Learners

running

noun

Definition of running for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of running for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of running for English Language Learners

  • : following or happening one after the other



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