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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrun across
he/she/itruns across
present participlerunning across
past tenseran across
past participlerun across
  1. run across someone/something to find something or to meet someone by chance

    I ran across the letter while I was tidying the drawers.

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