running mate


Definition of running mate

1 : companion
2 : a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable
3 : a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket especially : the candidate for vice president

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Examples of running mate in a Sentence

When John F. Kennedy ran for president, his running mate was Lyndon Johnson. inseparable running mates who first met when they were in elementary school

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Valerie Ervin, a Montgomery County councilmember, was Kamenetz’s running mate. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kevin Kamenetz, Maryland governor candidate and county exec, dies suddenly at age 60," 10 May 2018 Former Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, who was Yameen’s running mate in the 2013 election and later fell out with the president, also returned home from exile after the election. Mohamed Sharuhaan, The Seattle Times, "Maldives court frees opposition leader convicted of bribery," 22 Oct. 2018 Stewart said of the senator, who was presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "In speech at Trump-related event, Corey Stewart says he disavows racism, bigotry," 24 June 2018 But Kobach’s running mate, a wealthy Wichita businessman, loaned their campaign more than $1.5 million over four months. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tweet could tip Kansas GOP governor primary," 6 Aug. 2018 Last summer’s stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. Washington Post, "LeBron James weighing many options as free agency looms," 30 June 2018 And now Erin Stewart and Peter Tesei are running mates for governor and lieutenant governor. Neil Vigdor,, "Erin Stewart, Peter Tesei Forge Unusual Alliance In Governor's Race," 24 Apr. 2018 That’s not about to change, since Democrats and Republicans nominated men for the job again Tuesday—but both candidates have Native American women as running mates. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women Continue to Make History in an Election Year That's Already Shattering Records," 15 Aug. 2018 Photo: nelson almeida/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Mr. Haddad, who once served as minister of education under Mr. da Silva, had been the former president’s running mate. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil’s da Silva Steps Aside, Names Haddad as Replacement Candidate," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of running mate

chiefly US : the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected

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