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

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 Now White House officials are saying he’s no longer in the running. Anna North, Vox, "Trump’s labor secretary once helped a sex offender stay out of prison. The Senate wants answers.," 11 Dec. 2018 This is about the 2019 Democratic primary and the jockeying that began months ago, but will undoubtedly intensify now that Beshear has committed to running. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "If you're hoping for a Beshear-Bevin throwdown, you'll have to wait," 9 July 2018 So an ideal pattern would be to get a first-rate back early, focus on receivers with your next few picks, and return to running backs when the price of doing business—in other words, overcoming a bust—is no longer prohibitive. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Draft RB or WR in the First Round? That Question Is Far From Simple for Fantasy Football Owners," 2 July 2018 People like me were speed bumps in their effort to have open running room in Washington. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "A Decade at Obama’s Side: An Interview With Ben Rhodes," 17 June 2018 Damien Williams ran the fastest 40-yard-dash among running backs at his combine. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Kansas City Chiefs Are Football’s Golden State Warriors," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Carroll wanted to make the running game again a significant factor. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what went right against the Raiders and what it means," 15 Oct. 2018 In Caracas, large parts of the capital don’t have running water, and some wealthy residential complexes are drilling their own wells. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Venezuelan Crisis Escalates as President’s Economic Plans Fuel Tensions," 19 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'running.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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