What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[intransitive] to move quickly to a place using your legs and feet
You'll have to run if you want to catch the bus.run across/into/down etc:
A cat ran across the road in front of me.run to:
I ran to the door and opened it.run for cover/shelter:
We ran for shelter as soon as the rain started.
- 2[transitive] to control and organize something such as a business, organization, or event
Sue's been running a mail-order business for ten years.run a campaign:
He was the man who ran Clinton's election campaign.
- 3[intransitive/transitive] if a machine or engine runs, or if you run it, it is working
Don't leave the car engine running.
I ran the dishwasher even though it wasn't full.run on petrol/electricity etc:
Does your car run on petrol or diesel?run off the mains (=use the electricity supply):
My laptop can run off the mains or a battery.
- 4[intransitive] if a liquid runs somewhere, it flows thererun down/from etc:
Tears were running down his face.
Blood ran from a wound in her leg.
- 5[intransitive] if a play, film, or television programme runs, it continues to be performed or shown
a soap opera that has been running for many years
How long did the film run for?
- 6[intransitive] if a bus, train etc runs, it travels somewhere at regular times
The train only runs at weekends.run on time (=arrive and leave at the right time):
Do the buses run on time?be running 10 minutes/two hours etc late:
The train was running twenty minutes late.
- 11[intransitive] if a feeling runs through you, you experience it
A chill ran through me (=I suddenly felt frightened).
run and do somethingspoken
run checks/tests on
run your eyes over something
run for itspoken
run for your life
run someone's lifeinformal
run like hellinformal
or run hell for leather
run a mileBritish informal
run someone off the road
run a (red) lightmainly American informal
run rings round someone
run a risk
run a temperature/fever
run to fat
run with it
something runs in the/someone's family
try to run before you can walk
up and running
something will run and run