run to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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?

  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.

  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.

See also main entry: run