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1 a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"; "their first tally came in the 3rd inning" [syn: tally]
2 the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial" [syn: test, trial]
3 a race run on foot; "she broke the record for the half-mile run" [syn: footrace, foot race]
4 an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" [syn: streak]
5 (American football) a play in which a player runs with the ball; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running" [syn: running, running play, running game]
6 a regular trip; "the ship made its run in record time"
7 the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace; "he broke into a run"; "his daily run keeps him fit" [syn: running]
8 the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation; "the assembly line was on a 12-hour run"
9 unrestricted freedom to use; "he has the run of the house"
10 the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.); "a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint"
11 a small stream [syn: rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet]
12 a race between candidates for elective office; "I managed his campaign for governor"; "he is raising money for a Senate run" [syn: political campaign, campaign]
13 a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking" [syn: ladder, ravel]
14 the pouring forth of a fluid [syn: discharge, outpouring]
15 an unbroken chronological sequence; "the play had a long run on Broadway"; "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
16 a short trip; "take a run into town"


1 move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; "Don't run--you'll be out of breath"; "The children ran to the store"
2 flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up" [syn: scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away]
3 stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets" [syn: go, pass, lead, extend]
4 direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan" [syn: operate]
5 have a particular form; "the story or argument runs as follows"; "as the saying goes..." [syn: go]
6 move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: flow, feed, course]
7 perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" [syn: function, work, operate, go] [ant: malfunction]
8 change or be different within limits; "Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"; "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"; "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"; "My students range from very bright to dull" [syn: range]
9 run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; "Who's running for treasurer this year?" [syn: campaign]
10 cause to emit recorded sounds; "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "Can you play my favorite record?" [syn: play]
11 move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way; "who are these people running around in the building?"; "She runs around telling everyone of her troubles"; "let the dogs run free"
12 have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence" [syn: tend, be given, lean, incline]
13 carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction" [syn: execute]
14 be operating, running or functioning; "The car is still running--turn it off!" [ant: idle]
15 change from one state to another; "run amok"; "run rogue"; "run riot"
16 cause to perform; "run a subject"; "run a process"
17 be affected by; be subjected to; "run a temperature"; "run a risk"
18 continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures" [syn: prevail, persist, die hard, endure]
19 occur persistently; "Musical talent runs in the family"
20 include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference" [syn: carry]
21 carry out; "run an errand"
22 guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers" [syn: guide, draw, pass]
23 cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet" [syn: lead]
24 make without a miss
25 deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor [syn: black market]
26 cause an animal to move fast; "run the dogs"
27 be diffused; "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run" [syn: bleed]
28 sail before the wind
29 cover by running; run a certain distance; "She ran 10 miles that day"
30 extend or continue for a certain period of time; "The film runs 5 hours" [syn: run for]
31 set animals loose to graze
32 keep company; "the heifers run with the bulls ot produce offspring" [syn: consort]
33 run with the ball; in such sports as football
34 travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means; "Run to the store!"; "She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"
35 travel a route regularly; "Ships ply the waters near the coast" [syn: ply]
36 pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods" [syn: hunt, hunt down, track down]
37 compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first" [syn: race]
38 progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting" [syn: move, go]
39 reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating; "melt butter"; "melt down gold"; "The wax melted in the sun" [syn: melt, melt down]
40 come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; "Her nylons were running" [syn: ladder]
41 become undone; "the sweater unraveled" [syn: unravel] [also: running, ran]ran See run

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹæn/, /r\

Extensive Definition

Ran, ran, RaN and/or RAN may refer to:
In film and television:
  • RAN Remote Area Nurse (TV series) was a 2006 Australian TV series
  • Ran (film), a 1985 film directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • (Ran), a character with no additional name in the Japanese television anime Urusei Yatsura
  • Tsukikage Ran, both the name of an anime, and the name of its title character
  • Rachel Moore, also called Ran Mori, a fictional character in the manga Case Closed (known as Detective Conan in Japan)
  • Ran Kotobuki, a fictional character in the shōjo manga Gals!
In people and culture:
RAN (a three letter acronym) may refer to:
RaN may refer to:
Other uses:

See also



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