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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrun over
he/she/itruns over
present participlerunning over
past tenseran over
past participlerun over
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to hit someone or something with a vehicle and drive over them
    be/get run over: Keeley was run over by a car outside her house.
  2. 2
    [transitive]run over something to practice what you are going to say in a speech, performance, etc.
    She kept running over her lines.
  3. 3
    [transitive]run over something to explain something again so that someone understands
    Would you run over the sequence of events again?
  4. 4
    [transitive] to think a lot about something, such as a decision or experience
    I couldn’t stop running it over in my mind.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to continue for longer than planned
    Sorry I’m late, the meeting ran over.
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