[ ruhn-ing ]
/ ˈrʌn ɪŋ /




in succession; consecutively: He slept badly for three nights running.


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Idioms for running

    in the running,
    1. participating or entered as a competitor.
    2. under consideration as a candidate or possible choice: Who is still in the running for the directorship?
    3. among the winners or those making a good showing.
    out of the running,
    1. not competing in a contest or race.
    2. not among the winners or runners-up in a contest or race: to finish out of the running.

Origin of running

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at run, -ing1, -ing2


well-run·ning, adjective

Definition for running (2 of 2)

Origin of run

before 900; (v.) Middle English rinnen, rennen, partly < Old Norse rinna, renna, partly continuing Old English rinnan; cognate with German rinnen; form run orig. past participle, later extended to present tense; (noun and adj.) derivative of the v.

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British Dictionary definitions for running (1 of 2)

/ (ˈrʌnɪŋ) /



British Dictionary definitions for running (2 of 2)

/ (rʌn) /

verb runs, running, ran or run


Word Origin for run

Old English runnen, past participle of (ge) rinnan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse rinna, Old Saxon, Gothic, Old High German rinnan
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Idioms and Phrases with running (1 of 2)


Idioms and Phrases with running (2 of 2)


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