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 petition in support of Mr Gray runs to five pages.’
    • ‘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 expense of returning home could run to considerably more than this.’
    • ‘The cost, if you add the cost of the labour, would probably run to around £100.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The compensation was £585 yet the real cost runs to over £1, 000.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    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’
      • ‘Considering she is an 80-year-old pensioner, I do not think her pension would run to that sort of expense.’
      • ‘We can only provide what we can afford, although we can certainly run to a secretary.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘His taste in literature ran to books of travel and he accumulated a large library.’
    • ‘He wasn't running to fat yet, which was a good thing, and there was no grey in his moustache.’
    • ‘The patient's tastes run to swingbeat, hip hop and dancehall but he has only a bare knowledge of their antecedents.’
    • ‘And, indeed, Oscar's taste in women runs to those who are decades his senior.’
    • ‘Whether your taste runs to Wordsworth, real ale or fell-walking, Grasmere is the right place to start from.’
    • ‘Her tastes in movies run to romantic comedies and drama.’
    • ‘Anand's taste runs to Aerosmith, Moby and Bon Jovi, while Cathleen prefers Savage Garden and the Backstreet Boys.’
    • ‘My tastes run to the unconventional, so if yours don't, this may not be the place for you.’
    • ‘He was one of those fortunate athletes who, although very strongly built, never tended to run to fat.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't come running to me when you're so hung over tomorrow you can't get out of bed.’