What does ‘run’ mean?

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

Phrasal verbs with ‘run’ include:

  • Run after (chase)
  • Run along (leave)
  • Run around (be busy)
  • Run away (leave)
  • Run down (hit with a vehicle)
  • Run for (compete to be elected)
  • Run in with (argue)
  • Run into (meet by accident)
  • Run off (escape)
  • Run on (powered by)
  • Run out of (have none left)
  • Run over (hit with a vehicle)
  • Run through (rehearse)
  • Run to (go to someone for help)
  • Run up (spend lots of money)
  • Run with (take control of)
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
phrasal verbs with run - run along
phrasal verbs with run - run around
phrasal verbs with run - run away
phrasal verbs with run - run down
phrasal verbs with run - run for
phrasal verbs beginning with R - run in with
phrasal verbs with run - run into
phrasal verbs with run - run off
phrasal verbs with run - run on
phrasal verbs with run - run out of
phrasal verbs with run - run over
phrasal verbs with run - run through
phrasal verbs with run - run to
phrasal verbs with run - run up
phrasal verbs with run - run with

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

idioms with verbs – RUN

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?