Definition of run with in US English:

run with

phrasal verb

  • 1Proceed with; accept.

    ‘we do lots of tests before we run with a product’
    • ‘Unfortunately the press is going to run with plenty of things that aren't necessarily true or accurate because it's all about ratings today.’
    • ‘Roland Emmerich's natural-disaster movie cleverly runs with the scientific theory that instead of global warming we may be heading towards an ice age prompted by the slowing of the Gulf Stream.’
    • ‘‘I think that Humphrey would have won if he had accepted and run with that plan,’ Laird said.’
    • ‘Once I stopped caring what other people said, I accepted my role and just started running with it.’
    • ‘We had already been told by certain people that the tabloids had the story and were going to run with it.’
    • ‘Once you accept the basic idea, shouldn't you run with it?’
  • 2US informal Associate habitually with (someone)

    ‘ever since Lou dropped out, he's been running with a bad crowd’
    • ‘He didn't have time to worry about who his son was running around with during the day when he wasn't home.’
    • ‘Although I was borderline delinquent myself, I was more responsible than the people I chose to run around with.’
    • ‘I became more confident in myself and stopped thinking that I had to run around with a clique to be cool.’
    • ‘Two men that Barbara runs around with say she was also involved in the crime.’
    • ‘Ever since Lou dropped out, he's been running with a bad crowd.’
    • ‘I think it's the new friends he's been running around with.’
    • ‘If you run around with despicable people, the heavy odds are that you are despicable as well.’
    • ‘Come on Tobey, find yourself an older woman to run around with.’
    • ‘Once we settled in Brookfield, a suburb in Milwaukee, I started running around with a group of five kids - guys and girls.’
    • ‘Let's just say I chose to run around with the wrong crowd.’