Synonyms of run in English:

run


See definition of run

verb

1‘she jumped out of her car and ran across the road’

SYNONYMS

sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double

jog, lope, trot, jogtrot, dogtrot

informal tear, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps

British informal hop it, bomb

North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out

informal, dated cut along

archaic post, hie

ANTONYMS

dawdle

2‘the other three men turned and ran’

SYNONYMS

flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act

informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram

British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

Australian informal go through, shoot through

vulgar slang bugger off

archaic fly

ANTONYMS

stay

3‘he decided to run in the marathon’

SYNONYMS

compete, take part, participate

enter, be in

4‘my horse ran second to Suave Dancer in this race last year’

SYNONYMS

finish, come in, come

5‘a shiver ran down my spine’

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go, pass, move, travel

roll, coast

6‘Grant ran his eye down the column of figures’

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cast, pass, skim, flick, slide

7‘a narrow, twisting road which runs the length of the Duddon valley’

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extend, stretch, reach, range, continue, go

8‘rainwater ran from the eaves’

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flow, pour, stream, gush, flood, glide, cascade, spurt, jet, issue

roll, course, slide, spill, trickle, seep, drip, dribble, leak

British informal sloosh

9‘the walls were running with condensation’

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stream with, drip with, be covered with, be wet with

be flooded by

10‘my nose was running’

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stream, drip, exude liquid, ooze liquid, secrete liquid

11‘a courtesy bus runs to Sorrento three times a day’

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travel, ply, shuttle, go, make a regular journey

12‘I'll run you back to your hotel’

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drive, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, chauffeur

transport, convey

13‘he runs a transport company’

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be in charge of, manage, administer, direct, control, be in control of, be the boss of, boss, head, lead, govern, supervise, superintend, oversee, look after, organize, coordinate, regulate

operate, conduct, carry on, own

preside over, officiate at

14‘he could no longer afford to run a car’

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maintain, keep, own, possess, have, drive

15‘they ran a series of tests’

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carry out, do, perform, fulfil, execute

16‘he left the engine running’

SYNONYMS

operate, function, work, go, be in operation

tick over, idle

perform, behave

17‘the lease runs for twenty years’

SYNONYMS

be valid, last, be in effect, operate, be in operation, be operative, be current, continue, be effective, have force, have effect

18‘the show ran in the West End for two years’

SYNONYMS

be staged, be presented, be performed, be on, be put on, be produced

be mounted

be screened

last

19‘he first ran for president in 1984’

SYNONYMS

stand for, stand for election as, stand as a candidate for, be a contender for, put oneself forward for, put oneself up for

20‘the Guardian ran the story on Friday’

SYNONYMS

publish, print, feature, carry, put out, release, issue

21‘they run drugs for the cocaine cartels’

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smuggle, traffic in, deal in

22‘they were run out of town’

SYNONYMS

chase, drive, hunt, hound, put to flight


noun

1‘his early morning run along the Embankment’

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sprint, race, dash, gallop, rush, spurt

jog, trot

2‘she volunteered to do the school run’

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route, way, course, journey

circuit, round, beat

3‘we went out for a run in the car’

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drive, ride, turn

trip, excursion, outing, jaunt, short journey, airing

informal spin, joyride, tootle

Scottish informal hurl

4‘the current run of unseasonably hot weather’

SYNONYMS

period, spell, stretch, spate, bout

patch, interval, time

series, succession, sequence, string, chain, streak

5‘the budget accelerated a run on sterling’

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demand for, rush for, sudden request for, clamour for

6‘Margaret gave them the run of her home’

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free use of, unrestricted use of, unrestricted access to

a free hand in, a free rein in

7‘it's certainly different from the usual run of East European cafes’

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type, kind, sort, variety, class, category, order

8‘against the run of play, Mytchett scored a second goal’

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trend, tendency, course, direction, movement, drift, tide, current

tenor

9‘the wire mesh of a chicken run’

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enclosure, pen, coop, compound

10‘a steep run with 10 cm of fresh snow’

SYNONYMS

slope, piste, track

bump run

North American trail

11‘she had a run in her nylons’

SYNONYMS

ladder, rip, tear, snag, hole


Phrases

    run across

      ‘we ran across David when we were playing in LA’

      SYNONYMS

      come across, run into, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on

      informal

      bump into

      archaic

      run against

    run after

      ‘ever since his school days, girls have been running after him’

      SYNONYMS

      pursue, chase, make romantic advances to, flirt with

      informal

      make up to, make eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over

      North American informal

      vamp

      informal, dated

      set one's cap at

    run along

      ‘run along now, can't you see I'm busy?’

      SYNONYMS

      go away, be off with you, shoo, on your way, make yourself scarce

      informal

      scram, buzz off, skedaddle, scat, beat it, get lost, shove off, clear off

      British informal

      hop it

      South African informal

      hamba, voetsak

      informal, literary

      begone, avaunt

    run away

      1‘she screamed and the men ran away’

      SYNONYMS

      flee, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills

      informal

      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade

      British informal

      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

      North American informal

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

      Australian informal

      go through, shoot through

      archaic

      fly, levant

      ANTONYMS

      stay

      2‘the administration has tried to run away from its responsibilities’

      SYNONYMS

      evade, dodge, get out of, shirk

      avoid, disregard, ignore, take no notice of, pay no attention to, turn one's back on

      informal

      shut one's eyes to, duck, cop out of

      ANTONYMS

      face up to, deal with

      3‘Doyle ran away with another man's wife’

      SYNONYMS

      run off with, elope with

      4‘Mario Andretti ran away with the championship’

      SYNONYMS

      win easily, win hands down

      informal

      win by a mile, walk it, romp home

    run down

      ‘he was dismayed to discover how much the farm had run down’

      SYNONYMS

      decline, degenerate, go downhill, become dilapidated, go to seed, fall into decay, decay, go to rack and ruin

      informal

      go to pot, go to the dogs

      ANTONYMS

      recover, improve

    run someone/something down

      1‘the boy was run down by joyriders’

      SYNONYMS

      run over, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground

      hit, strike

      2‘she began to run him down in front of other people’

      SYNONYMS

      criticize, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate, speak badly off, speak ill of, find fault with

      revile, vilify

      informal

      put down, knock, bad-mouth, have a go at

      British informal

      rubbish, slag off

      rare

      derogate, asperse

      ANTONYMS

      praise

    run something down
    run for it

      SYNONYMS

      flee, make a run for it, run away, run off, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, take oneself off, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act

      informal

      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, fly the coop, do a fade

      British informal

      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

      North American informal

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

    run high

      ‘patriotic fervour was running high’

      SYNONYMS

      be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense

    run in

      ‘he has a history of heart disease, which runs in the family’

      SYNONYMS

      be common in, be frequently found in, be inherent in

      run
    run someone in

      SYNONYMS

      arrest, take into custody, apprehend, detain, take in, take prisoner, put in jail, throw in jail

      informal

      pick up, pull in, haul in, pinch, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar

      British informal

      nick

    run into

      1‘the plane was badly damaged when it ran into a parked aircraft’

      SYNONYMS

      collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, knock into, plough into, barge into, meet head-on, ram

      North American

      impact

      ANTONYMS

      miss

      2‘I ran into Hugo the other day’

      SYNONYMS

      run across, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on

      informal

      bump into

      archaic

      run against

      3‘the negotiators immediately ran into a problem’

      SYNONYMS

      experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, run up against, be confronted with, come face to face with

      4‘Peter had been left with debts running into six figures’

      SYNONYMS

      reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as

    run low

      ‘food supplies were running low’

      SYNONYMS

      dwindle, diminish, become depleted, get less, be used up, become exhausted, be short, be in short supply, be tight

      ANTONYMS

      be plentiful

    run off

      1‘three youths scrambled out of the car and ran off’

      SYNONYMS

      flee, run away, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, make oneself scarce, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act

      informal

      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, skip off

      British informal

      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

      North American informal

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

      Australian informal

      go through, shoot through

      vulgar slang

      bugger off

      archaic

      fly, levant

      ANTONYMS

      stay

      2‘his wife ran off with one of the doctors’

      SYNONYMS

      run away with, elope with, go off with

      3‘he ran off with the £1000 in the appeal fund’

      SYNONYMS

      steal, take, snatch, purloin, abscond with, help oneself to

      informal

      pilfer, embezzle, misappropriate

      informal

      walk away with, walk off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch

      British informal

      pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble

      North American informal

      heist, glom

      Australian informal

      snavel

      West Indian informal

      tief

    run something off

      1‘Sophie, would you just run off a list of all the outstanding accounts, please?’

      SYNONYMS

      copy, photocopy, xerox, duplicate, print, photostat, mimeograph

      make, produce, do

      2‘run off some of the water that has been standing in the pipes’

      SYNONYMS

      drain, drain off, bleed off, draw off, pump out

    run on

      1‘the call ran on for two and a quarter hours’

      SYNONYMS

      continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, extend, stretch

      2‘your mother does run on, doesn't she?’

      SYNONYMS

      talk incessantly, talk a lot, rattle on, go on, chatter on, gabble on, ramble on

      informal

      yak, gab, yackety-yak, yap, yabber, yatter

      British informal

      rabbit on, witter on, natter on, chunter on, talk the hind leg off a donkey

      Scottish Irish

      slabber on

      North American informal

      run off at the mouth

      Australian NZ informal

      mag

      archaic

      twaddle, twattle, clack

      3‘my thoughts ran too much on death’

      SYNONYMS

      be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated with

    run out

      1‘food supplies were running out’

      SYNONYMS

      be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail

      exhaust

      ANTONYMS

      be plentiful

      2‘they've run out of cash’

      SYNONYMS

      have none left, have no more of, be out of

      use up, exhaust one's supply of, consume, eat up

      sell out of

      informal

      be fresh out of, be cleaned out of

      3‘her contract was due to run out’

      SYNONYMS

      expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish

      lapse, be no longer valid

    run out on someone

      SYNONYMS

      desert, abandon, leave in the lurch, jilt, leave high and dry, discard, cast aside, throw over, turn one's back on

      informal

      walk out on, dump, ditch, leave someone holding the baby, leave flat

      informal, archaic

      forsake

    run over

      1‘the bathwater's running over’

      SYNONYMS

      overflow, spill over, spill, brim over

      rare

      overbrim

      2‘the project ran wildly over budget’

      SYNONYMS

      exceed, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach

    run someone/something over
    run something over

      ‘he quickly ran over the story’

      SYNONYMS

      recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, go through, reiterate, review

      look through, look over, read through

      informal

      recap

    run rings around someone

      ‘in a demonstration of classy centre-forward play he ran rings round the opposition’

      SYNONYMS

      surpass, outshine, outclass, overshadow, eclipse, exceed, excel, transcend, cap, top, outstrip, outdo, put to shame, make look pale by comparison, put in the shade, be better than, beat, outplay, outperform, upstage, dwarf

      informal

      be head and shoulders above, be a cut above, leave standing

      informal, archaic

      outrival, outvie

    run the show

      SYNONYMS

      be in charge, be in control, be the boss, be at the helm, be in the driving seat, be in the driver's seat, be at the wheel, be in the saddle, pull the strings, be responsible

      informal

      call the shots

    run through

      1‘her husband had long ago run through their money’

      SYNONYMS

      squander, fritter away, spend, spend like water, throw away, dissipate, waste, go through, consume, use up

      informal

      blow

      2‘the markedly sceptical attitude that runs through his writings’

      SYNONYMS

      pervade, permeate, suffuse, imbue, inform, go through

      3‘he ran through his notes again’

      SYNONYMS

      go over, go through, look over, look through, cast one's eye over, take a look at, run over

      read, study, scan, peruse, review, examine, inspect

      informal

      give something a once-over, give something the once-over

      4‘okay, let's run through scene three again’

      SYNONYMS

      rehearse, practise, go through, go over, repeat, do again

      recapitulate

      North American

      run down

      informal

      recap

    run someone through

      ‘Campbell threatened to run him through with his sword’

      SYNONYMS

      stab, pierce, transfix, impale

    run to

      1‘the original bill ran to £22,000’

      SYNONYMS

      reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as

      amount to, add up to, total, come to, equal

      2‘sorry, we can't run to champagne’

      SYNONYMS

      afford, stretch to, manage, have money for

      3‘he was running to fat’

      SYNONYMS

      tend to, show a tendency to

      become, get, grow

    run up

      ‘his loose way of living ran up such big debts that he had to get out of town’

      SYNONYMS

      accumulate, accrue, amass, collect, gather, stockpile, heap up, rack up, build up, scrape together, hoard, lay in, lay up, garner

      British

      tot up

    in the long run

      SYNONYMS

      eventually, in the end, ultimately, when all is said and done, in the final analysis, in the fullness of time

      British informal

      at the end of the day

    on the run

      1‘a con man on the run’

      SYNONYMS

      on the loose, at large, loose

      running away, fleeing, in flight, fugitive

      informal

      AWOL

      North American informal

      on the lam

      2‘I've been on the run all day’

      SYNONYMS

      busy, rushing about, rushed off one's feet, dashing about, hurrying about, in a rush, in a hurry, on the move, active

      informal

      on the go

    the runs