\ ˈrən-ˈȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˈän\

Definition of run-on

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: continuing without rhetorical pause from one line of verse into another


\ ˈrən-ˌȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˌän\

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something (such as a dictionary entry) that is run on

run on

ran on; run on; running on; runs on

Definition of run on (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk or narrate at length
2 : to keep going : continue

transitive verb

1 : to continue (matter in type) without a break or a new paragraph : run in
2 : to place or add (something, such as an entry in a dictionary) at the end of a paragraphed item

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Examples of run-on in a Sentence


we were just running on about how neither of us has aged a bit after all these years allow the savings account to run on for now

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With that, Lupica, the author of 16 New York Times best-selling books, was off and running on a high-energy, interactive presentation that included stories of his books, his life, sports, his kids and his main message to the students: Keep reading. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An author of 16 New York Times best sellers recently visited Elm Grove middle school students," 16 Sep. 2019 Dickerson, who is sidelined by an oblique injury, took swings in the batting cage and ran on the field prior to Friday’s series opener against the Marlins. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Behind-the-scenes decisions come into focus for Giants as season winds down," 13 Sep. 2019 In a striking coincidence, the team finished the victory with 9 runs on 11 hits on 9/11. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Wearing 9/11-inspired cleats, Mets get emotional win on anniversary of September 11 attacks," 12 Sep. 2019 Caicedo scored his fifth goal of the season, and first since May 4, running on to an Andrew Farrell through ball, then holding off Sebastien Ibeagha and finishing from the top right side of the edge of the penalty area. Frank Dell’apa,, "Revolution end up on short end against NYC FC," 8 Sep. 2019 Turning to the obligatory daily medical minute, Astros reliever Ryan Pressly threw from the mound and shortstop Carlos Correa ran on the field Friday as both continue working toward a return to play before the end of the regular season. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: Updates for Ryan Pressly, Carlos Correa, George Springer," 6 Sep. 2019 Her agenda includes making sure that new cars, buses and many trucks run on clean energy – instead of gasoline or diesel – by 2030 and that all the country’s electricity comes from solar, wind and other renewable, carbon-free sources by 2035. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump," 5 Sep. 2019 The sophomore also had 17- and a 22-yard runs on the possession. Nathan Cambridge, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs football dominates Victor Valley for 2-0 start," 30 Aug. 2019 Based on my observations over the last decade, his whole operation runs on two simple but powerful principles. Evgeny Morozov, The New Republic, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Intellectual Enabler," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of run-on


1874, in the meaning defined above


1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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