running mate


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

Example Sentences

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 Aides patted the sobbing Mr. Ruto, as his wife, a Christian preacher, and his running mate knelt by his side, thankful that a bid to overturn his win from the Aug. 9 vote had been thwarted. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2022 Duterte has not endorsed anyone in the presidential race, although his party is backing Marcos and his running mate, Sara Duterte-Carpio, the president's daughter. Harold Maass, The Week, 9 May 2022 Stefanowski’s ticket lost in his hometown of Madison and his running mate Laura Devlin’s hometown of Fairfield. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 25 Dec. 2022 The fact that star edge rusher Trey Hendrickson could return to the lineup would help tilt the scales as well since the Bengals will likely be without his running mate Sam Hubbard (calf). Michael Niziolek, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 In Ohio, the ticket of Democrat Nan Whaley and running mate Cheryl Stephens lost to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. Steve Leblanc, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 In Ohio, the ticket of Democrat Nan Whaley and running mate Cheryl Stephens lost to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. Steve Leblanc, Chicago Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 Hochul is not the most charismatic politician—she was selected as Cuomo’s running mate in part because she was viewed as someone who wouldn’t threaten his power, and the two barely had a political relationship. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2022 Crouch has been lieutenant governor since 2017 as Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s running mate in both the 2016 and 2020 elections. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of running mate was in 1867

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“Running mate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

running mate

: a candidate running for a lesser office (as vice president) who is on the same ticket with the candidate for the top office
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