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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrun to
he/she/itruns to
present participlerunning to
past tenseran to
past participlerun to
  1. 1
    run to someone to ask someone for help, especially when you should not need their help
    Aren’t you a little old to run home to your mother?
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  2. 2
    run to something to reach a particular amount, especially a large amount
    The cost of repairs ran to £2 million.
    The interview transcripts run to over 120 pages.
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  3. 3
    [usually in negatives]run to something British to have enough money to buy a particular thing
    I don’t think we can run to a new television at the moment.
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