"runes" in the noun sense
1. rune, runic letter
any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages
"each rune had its own magical significance"
"runes" in the verb sense
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
2. scat, run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away
flee take to one's heels cut and run
"If you see this man, run!"
"The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
3. run, go, pass, lead, extend
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
"His knowledge doesn't go very far"
"My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
4. operate, run
direct or control projects, businesses, etc.
"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
5. run, go
have a particular form
"the story or argument runs as follows"
"as the saying goes..."
6. run, flow, feed, course
move along, of liquids
"Water flowed into the cave"
"the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
7. function, work, operate, go, run
perform as expected when applied
"The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"
"Does this old car still run well?"
"This old radio doesn't work anymore"
8. range, run
change or be different within limits
"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"
"Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"
"The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"
"My students range from very bright to dull"
9. campaign, run
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
"Who's running for treasurer this year?"
10. play, run
cause to emit recorded audio or video
"They ran the tapes over and over again"
"I'll play you my favorite record"
"He never tires of playing that video"
move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way
"who are these people running around in the building?"
"She runs around telling everyone of her troubles"
"let the dogs run free"
12. tend, be given, lean, incline, run
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something be inclined
"She tends to be nervous before her lectures"
"These dresses run small"
"He inclined to corpulence"
be operating, running or functioning
"The car is still running
change from one state to another
cause to perform
"run a subject"
"run a process"
be affected by be subjected to
"run a temperature"
"run a risk"
17. prevail, persist, die hard, run, endure
continue to exist
"These stories die hard"
"The legend of Elvis endures"
"Musical talent runs in the family"
19. run, execute
carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
"Run the dishwasher"
"run a new program on the Mac"
"the computer executed the instruction"
20. carry, run
include as the content broadcast or publicize
"We ran the ad three times"
"This paper carries a restaurant review"
"All major networks carried the press conference"
"run an errand"
22. guide, run, draw, pass
pass over, across, or through
"He ran his eyes over her body"
"She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"
"He drew her hair through his fingers"
23. run, lead
cause something to pass or lead somewhere
"Run the wire behind the cabinet"
make without a miss
25. run, black market
deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
cause an animal to move fast
"run the dogs"
27. run, bleed
"These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
sail before the wind
cover by running run a certain distance
"She ran 10 miles that day"
30. run, run for
extend or continue for a certain period of time
"The film runs 5 hours"
set animals loose to graze
32. run, consort
"the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring"
run with the ball in such sports as football
travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
"Run to the store!"
"She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"
35. ply, run
travel a route regularly
"Ships ply the waters near the coast"
36. hunt, run, hunt down, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals
"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"
"The dogs are running deer"
"The Duke hunted in these woods"
37. race, run
compete in a race
"he is running the Marathon this year"
"let's race and see who gets there first"
38. move, go, run
progress by being changed
"The speech has to go through several more drafts"
"run through your presentation before the meeting"
39. melt, run, melt down
reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
"melt down gold"
"The wax melted in the sun"
40. ladder, run
come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
"Her nylons were running"
41. run, unravel
"the sweater unraveled"
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