short run


Definition of short run

: a relatively brief period of time often used in the phrase in the short run

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from short run

short-run \ ˈshȯrt-​ˌrən How to pronounce short-run (audio) \ adjective

Examples of short run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kovac said that in the short run, the right-wing groups represent no real danger to the tiny EU nation. Washington Post, "Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants," 17 Sep. 2019 Lastly, few believe that a sale would placate America’s national-security apparatus, at least in the short run. The Economist, "Huawei may sell its 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019 These trials found modest increases in work over the short run, but the effect faded out by the end of five years, generally leaving the treatment group no more likely to be employed than the control group. Jason Furman, WSJ, "Work Requirements Hurt Poor Families—and Won’t Work," 2 Aug. 2018 The alluring structure then became the Ugly Duckling Cafe, which closed after a relatively short run. Kim Chatelain,, "Former Commander's chef to open eatery in Mandeville," 9 Jan. 2018 This could mean another channel for monetary policy, where lower interest rates are presumed to increase stock prices (at least in the short run), boosting the economy. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Americans own more stock than ever—how will it change the economy?," 5 Sep. 2019 There is an endless playbook of deleterious things companies can do to boost their profits in the short run: gut training programs, eliminate R&D, ignore product risk, scrimp on environmental protections, etc. David Meyer, Fortune, "End of Shareholder Primacy, Part III: CEO Daily," 21 Aug. 2019 In the short run, kids increase their fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development. Los Angeles Times, "The case for comic books," 16 Aug. 2019 In effect, the government is getting paid by lenders for the right to borrow their money, which is a fabulous deal for taxpayers — at least in the short run. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "How borrowers like Trump could use negative-rate deals," 9 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'short run.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of short run

1879, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about short run

Statistics for short run

Last Updated

11 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for short run

The first known use of short run was in 1879

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on short run

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with short run

Comments on short run

What made you want to look up short run? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to spread as a report or rumor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!