Definition of run to in US English:

run to

phrasal verb

  • 1Extend to or reach (a specified amount or size)

    ‘the document ran to almost 100 pages’
    • ‘The compensation was £585 yet the real cost runs to over £1, 000.’
    • ‘The expense of returning home could run to considerably more than this.’
    • ‘As of late June, many archaeologists in Iraq regarded that number as optimistic, with the suspected total running to twice or three times that.’
    • ‘The petition in support of Mr Gray runs to five pages.’
    • ‘Perhaps inevitably, critics have commented unfavourably on the lack of action in Michel Thaler's work, The Train from Nowhere, which runs to 233 pages.’
    • ‘In the meantime, his 30 pages have mushroomed into a 200-page screenplay and a movie that reportedly runs to more than three hours in length.’
    • ‘My paperback copy of his Lives of the Poets runs to 1097 pages and offers a tour of English-language poetry from the fourteenth century to more or less the present day.’
    • ‘The cost, if you add the cost of the labour, would probably run to around £100.’
    • ‘The average image coming off a digital still camera is between 0.5 and 1.5Mb in size, while the average home movie runs to 2Gb or more.’
    • ‘All human life is contained within the covers of the book, which runs to 227 pages and contains a wonderful collection of musings and anecdotes.’
    reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
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    1. 1.1 Be enough to cover (a particular expense); have the financial resources for.
      ‘my income doesn't run to luxuries like taxis’
      • ‘We can only provide what we can afford, although we can certainly run to a secretary.’
      • ‘Considering she is an 80-year-old pensioner, I do not think her pension would run to that sort of expense.’
      • ‘Tipton's budget doesn't run to many luxuries.’
      • ‘The budget can't have run to PR representation.’
      afford, stretch to, manage, have money for
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  • 2(of a person) show a tendency to or inclination toward.

    ‘she was tall and running to fat’
    • ‘Whether your taste runs to Wordsworth, real ale or fell-walking, Grasmere is the right place to start from.’
    • ‘His taste in literature ran to books of travel and he accumulated a large library.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if your music tastes run to classical or pop, you want a speaker system which can reproduce the entire audio spectrum evenly.’
    • ‘He wasn't running to fat yet, which was a good thing, and there was no grey in his moustache.’
    • ‘Her tastes in movies run to romantic comedies and drama.’
    • ‘And, indeed, Oscar's taste in women runs to those who are decades his senior.’
    • ‘The patient's tastes run to swingbeat, hip hop and dancehall but he has only a bare knowledge of their antecedents.’
    • ‘He was one of those fortunate athletes who, although very strongly built, never tended to run to fat.’
    • ‘My tastes run to the unconventional, so if yours don't, this may not be the place for you.’
    • ‘Anand's taste runs to Aerosmith, Moby and Bon Jovi, while Cathleen prefers Savage Garden and the Backstreet Boys.’
    tend to, show a tendency to
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  • 3run toHave rapid recourse to (someone) for support or help.

    ‘don't come running to me for a handout’
    • ‘You care about no-one but yourself so just go along and do what you think is best, but don't you dare come running to me when it backfires on you.’
    • ‘Don't come running to me when you're so hung over tomorrow you can't get out of bed.’
    • ‘They get into debt because they don't know how to handle their money and then go running to their parents for a hand-out.’