- run|ning1 [ˈrʌnıŋ] n [U]1.) the activity or sport of running→↑jogging▪ Did you go running this morning?▪ New facilities include a pool and a running track.▪ running shoes2.) the running of sththe process of managing or organizing a business, home, organization etc▪ Brian took over the day-to-day running of the company while his father was away.▪ He praised the smooth running of the election.3.) be in the running/out of the runningto have some hope or no hope of winning a race or competition▪ Who's in the running for the world title this year?4.) make (all) the runningBrE informal to be the person who makes most of the suggestions in a relationship, plan, activity etcrunning 2running2 adj [only before noun]1.) running watera) if a house has running water, it has pipes which provide water to its kitchen, bath, toilet etcb) water that is flowing or moving▪ the sound of running water▪ Rinse the vegetables thoroughly under running water.2.) running commentarya spoken description of an event, especially a race or game, made while the event is happening▪ She gave us a running commentary on what was happening in the street.3.) running totala total that keeps being increased as new costs, amounts etc are added▪ Keep a running total of your expenses as you go along.4.) running battle/jokean argument or joke that continues or is repeated over a long period of time5.) running sorea sore area on your skin that has liquid coming out of it6.) in running ordera machine that is in running order is working correctly7.) the running orderthe order in which the different parts of an event have been arranged to take place8.) take a running jumpspoken used to tell someone to go away and stop annoying yourunning 3running3 advthree years/five times etc runningfor three years etc without a change or interruption= ↑in a row▪ She won the prize for the fourth year running.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.