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noun run pronunciation in British English /rʌn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the action of running for pleasure or in sport

    Paula usually has a shower after her run.

    That was a record-breaking run.

    go for a run (=run for pleasure):

    I went for a run after work.

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    1. a.
      a race in which you must run a long distance

      Lee is doing a six-mile run on Saturday.

  2. 2
    [singular] a period of time when you continue to succeed or fail, especially in a sport or business

    Liverpool has had a fabulous run to the semi-finals.

    a good/winning/unbeaten run:

    Eindhoven are on a twelve-match unbeaten run.

    run of:

    I’m sure we’ll continue our run of successful overseas investments.

    1. a.
      [countable] a period of time when a play or television programme is performed or shown regularly

      a musical that has enjoyed a successful run on Broadway

      extend a run (=make it continue for longer):

      The programme has been so successful that its run has been extended.

  3. 3
    [singular] a journey that a train, ship etc does regularly

    A shuttle bus makes the run from the station to the airport.

    the school/airport run:

    I’m doing the school run this morning.

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    1. a.
      a short journey that you do in a car for pleasure

      It was a very pleasant run to the coast.

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  4. 4
    [countable] the amount of something that a company or factory produces at one time

    The plates are a limited edition run of 250.

  5. 5
    [countable] an attempt to be elected to an official job or position
    run for:

    Lavell has not ruled out a run for the state senate seat.

  6. 6
    [countable] one point in the game of cricket
    score a run:

    He has scored 90 runs in this match.

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  7. 7
    [countable] a small area with a fence around it where animals such as chickens or rabbits can run around
  8. 8
    [countable] a slope that you can slide down, usually on skis

    I started on the beginners’ run.

    a toboggan run

    1. a.
      a shaped object for sliding or rolling something down

      a marble run

  9. 9
    [countable] in card games, a group of cards whose numbers are in a series, for example a 4, 5, and 6
  10. 10
    [countable] American a long thin hole in stockings or pantyhose


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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