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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrun into
he/she/itruns into
present participlerunning into
past tenseran into
past participlerun into
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  1. 1
    run into someone/something to hit someone or something by accident while you are driving

    A truck ran into me (=hit my car) at the lights this morning.

  2. 2
    run into (the) millions/hundreds/thousands etc to reach a particular amount
  3. 3
    run into trouble/difficulty/problems etc to start to have trouble/difficulty/problems etc

    Our project ran into difficulties when we lost a sponsor.

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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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