The word "run" can describe the quick movement gained from one’s legs, but you can use "run" for other reasons:
To run somewhere might mean that the trip is short and quick.
- I need to run to the store to get some bread.
- Run over to the post office and drop off these letters.
- John is going to run over to St. Paul this afternoon to get some parts for his car.
The word "run" can be a verb for the flow of water:
- Run some water over this lettuce and then drain it.
- The water is running in the sink.
- The toilet is still running. (It’s not flushing properly!)
The word "run" is also found in many idioms:
- Patricia is feeling kind of rundown today. (She’s tried.)
- That house is really rundown. (in bad condition)
As a noun, a "run" can be many different things:
- Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency of the United States.
- Valerie has a run in her stockings. (a run = a defect or a tear in leg coverings for women)
- Phil scored a run. (a run = a point in baseball made by crossing home plate.)
- I’m going to go for a run. (go for a run = run for exercise)
- The challenger gave the champ a run for his money. (This is an expression: A run for one’s money = strong competition.)
He scored a run.
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This page was first published on December 6, 2011 and amended on December 18, 20014.