running mate

noun

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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The duo, donning black 120 Strong T-shirts and red bandannas around their necks, will be voting for Beshear, due in no small part to his choice of running mate. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'We're not backing down': Teachers a screaming force at Fancy Farm, aim ire at Bevin," 3 Aug. 2019 The two players remain on far different timelines, and new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas seems poised to land a higher-ceiling running mate in the coming seasons. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Which NBA Stars Could Still be Dealt Following a Seismic Summer?," 15 July 2019 The death toll from a suicide attack on the Kabul office of Amrullah Saleh, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate in September elections, reached 20 with at least 50 wounded, officials said on Monday as cleanup operations began. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Two US service members killed in Afghanistan," 29 July 2019 Russell Westbrook’s running mate was shipped to the Clippers early Saturday morning in a coup staged by Kawhi Leonard, signaling another reset for the Thunder just three summers after Kevin Durant’s departure for the Bay Area. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Who Could Trade for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder Rebuild?," 6 July 2019 Is Tim Kaine, who tied himself in knots on the issue as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, really going to be the decisive vote to save the Hyde amendment? John Mccormack, National Review, "Is the Hyde Amendment Safe After All?," 13 June 2019 Lundh’s 100 butterfly running mate on the boys’ side, junior Yuma Dugas matched her finish, recording a 49.79, but the male standout for the Dons was senior Josh He. Ken Grosse, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star-driven LCC girls team captures school’s first CIF swimming and diving banner," 9 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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running mate

noun

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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