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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. 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.
  5. 6
    [countable] one point in the game of cricket
    score a run: He has scored 90 runs in this match.
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  6. 8
    [countable] a slope that you can slide down, usually on skis
    I started on the beginners’ run.
    a toboggan run
  7. 10
    [countable] American a long thin hole in stockings or pantyhose



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