running time


Definition of running time 

: the duration of a motion picture, a theatrical performance, or a recording

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There’s clearly a lot of tongue-in-cheek going on, but how exactly Benioff plans to run Time remains a mystery. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Watch Marc Benioff try to explain what he’s going to do with Time magazine," 14 Nov. 2018 The company said to expect about six hours of run time for general use. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable," 10 Oct. 2018 It’s here that the documentary’s running time feels prolonged. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What If Robert F. Kennedy Had Become President?," 30 Apr. 2018 But even though the trail into Nikolai seemed slow, run times were right on pace from 2016. Jake Berkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Jake Berkowitz: Seavey’s in the lead, but how far ahead will chase pack let him get?," 7 Mar. 2018 However, fans who've been waiting for an all-start superhero teamup of this caliber were nonplussed by the extended run time. Sonaiya Kelley,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' scores biggest box office opening ever," 29 Apr. 2018 Alexis Pinturault of France finished 1.31 behind Hirscher's two-run time of 2 minutes, 18.04 seconds to get the bronze medal. Graham Dunbar,, "Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins giant slalom gold," 18 Feb. 2018 Unfortunately, her prodigious effort has resulted in little more than a repugnant showcase for her acting talents that few viewers will be able to stomach for the duration of its running time. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 2018 But the movie itself is consistent, bringing us into these lives and developing certain ideas over its tasteful 97-minute running time (including credits). Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in tune as dad-daughter songsters in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’," 20 June 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of running time

: the amount of time that a movie, performance, recording, etc., lasts from beginning to end

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