The word ‘run‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to move faster than walking, manage or to flow.

For example:

  • The dog is running around the park. (move faster than walking)
  • I run my own bakery. (manage)
  • I’ll run you a bath. (flow)


Run is an irregular verb. The past tense is ran and the past participle is run.

phrasal verbs with run

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘run’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with run

run after

meaning – chase
example – My dog loves running after rabbits, he never catches them though.

phrasal verbs with run - run after

run along

meaning – go away, leave (an imperative)
example – The puppies ran along when the cat hissed at them.

phrasal verbs with run - run along

run around

meaning – run all over the place or be busy doing many jobs
example – The kids ran around the park for hours, they are fast asleep now.

phrasal verbs with run - run around

run away

meaning – leave your place of residence
example – I used to run away from home and hide in the forest when I was a child.

phrasal verbs with run - run away

run down

meaning – hit someone with a vehicle or use up the power
example – When my phone has completely run down, I’ll charge it.

phrasal verbs with run - run down

run for

meaning – compete to be elected for a position
example – There are 8 people running for chief councillor. I don’t stand a chance.

phrasal verbs with run - run for

run in with

meaning – an argument
example – I had a run in with the neighbour about my choice of music.

phrasal verbs beginning with R - run in with

run into

meaning – meet by accident or the cost of something
example – I ran into Judy in town, she is pregnant with triplets.

phrasal verbs with run - run into

run off

meaning – escape on foot or make copies
example – The kids knocked on Ms. Durant’s door and ran off.

phrasal verbs with run - run off

run on

meaning – be powered by
example – I’m running on coffee today. I didn’t sleep much last night.

phrasal verbs with run - run on

run out of

meaning – have none left
example – If you drink too much milk, we will run out before the weekend.

phrasal verbs with run - run out of

run over

meaning – hit with a vehicle or exceed a time limit
example – I ran over a baby bunny last night; I feel so guilty.

phrasal verbs with run - run over

run through

meaning – rehearse or review something
example – We’ll run through scene 2 one more time then we’ll stop for today.

phrasal verbs with run - run through

run to

meaning – go to someone for help or advice
example – I can’t keep running to my parents when I’m in debt. I need to learn how to manage my money.

phrasal verbs with run - run to

run up

meaning – spend lots of money or move quickly towards something
example – The thief ran up behind his victim and stole her phone.

phrasal verbs with run - run up

run with

meaning – take control of something and manage it
example – Tilly took the new project and ran with it. She is amazing.

run with meaning and example

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with run below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with run, how about learning the idioms with run too?