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
Recent Examples on the Web Harris ended her presidential bid in December 2019, but was picked to be Biden’s running mate. Jeff Barker,, 28 Apr. 2021 Beshear and his running mate, Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman, overcame a strong GOP tide in Kentucky to win. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 Defensive end Myles Garrett has been sidelined with a hamstring and his running mate on the line, Jadeveon Clowney, has been held out after a torrid start. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 Another warning came from Nicholas Murray Butler, a prominent public intellectual as the president of Columbia University (and Taft’s running mate in 1912). Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Jack Kemp, who quarterbacked San Diego teams in the early 1960s, was Dole’s running mate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Republican DeWine is running for reelection in 2022 with running mate Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2021 After his first running mate decided not to run again for health reasons, Governor Cuomo tapped the upstate moderate. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 Comer is not on very friendly terms with Quarles, who has been rumored as both a candidate for governor and potential running mate of Craft. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of running mate

: 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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