English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to move on foot at a rapid pace
I excused myself and ran back to the telephone.
Synonyms
race
They raced away out of sight.
,
speed
The engine noise rises only slightly as I speed along.
,
rush
Someone inside the building rushed out.
,
dash
Suddenly she dashed out into the garden.
,
hurry
Claire hurried along the road.
,
career
The car went careering off down the track.
,
barrel (along) (informal, mainly US, Canadian)
,
sprint
He sprinted to the car.
,
scramble
More than a million fans are expected to scramble for tickets.
,
bolt
I made some excuse and bolted towards the exit.
,
dart
She darted away through the trees.
,
gallop
They were galloping around the garden playing football.
,
hare (British, informal)
,
jog
She could scarcely jog around the block that first day.
, ,
hasten
She hastened along the landing to her room.
,
scurry
The attack began, sending residents scurrying for cover.
,
stampede
The crowd stampeded and many were crushed or trampled underfoot.
,
scamper
The flash sent the foxes scampering away.
,
leg it (informal)
, ,
hie
,
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to flee
As they closed in on him, he turned and ran.
Synonyms
flee
He slammed the bedroom door behind him and fled.
,
escape
A prisoner has escaped from a jail in Northern England.
,
take off (informal)
He took off at once and headed home.
,
depart
In the morning Mr McDonald departed for Sydney.
,
bolt
They caught the horse 200 yards from where it had bolted.
,
clear out
`Clear out!' he bawled, `This is private property.'
,
beat it (slang)
Beat it before it's too late.
,
leg it (informal)
He was legging it across the field.
,
make off
They broke free and made off in a stolen car.
,
abscond (formal)
A dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
,
decamp (old-fashioned)
Bugsy decided to decamp to Hollywood from New York.
,
take flight (old-fashioned)
,
do a runner (slang)
The accountant did a runner.
,
scarper (British, slang)
I've never seen anyone scarper so fast.
,
slope off
,
cut and run (informal)
,
make a run for it
,
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal)
,
beat a retreat
,
show a clean pair of heels
,
skedaddle (informal)
,
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang)
,
take it on the lam (US, Canadian, slang)
,
take to your heels
He stood, for a moment, then took to his heels.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to take part in (a race)
I was running in the marathon.
Synonyms
take part
,
be in
,
compete
She has competed twice in the Berlin marathon.
,
participate
Over half the population of the country participate in sport.
,
(verb) 
Definition
to continue in a particular direction or for a particular time or distance
the trail which ran through the beech woods
Synonyms
,
go
It took us an hour to go three miles.
,
stretch
interests that stretched from chemicals to sugar
,
last
You only need a very small amount, so the tube lasts for ages.
, , ,
range
offering merchandise ranging from the everyday to the esoteric
,
extend
The territory extends over one fifth of Canada's land mass.
,
proceed
The defence is not yet ready to proceed with the trial.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to stand as a candidate for political or other office
US, Canadian)  He announced he would run for president.
Synonyms
compete
The stores will inevitably end up competing with each other for increased market shares.
, ,
contend
The two main groups contended for power.
,
be a candidate
,
put yourself up for
,
take part
, ,
re-offer (Canadian)
(verb) 
Definition
to manage
His father ran a prosperous business.
Synonyms
manage
Within two years, he was managing the store.
,
lead
He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
,
direct
She will direct day-to-day operations.
,
be in charge of
, ,
head
He heads the department's Office of Civil Rights.
,
control
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
,
boss (informal)
We cannot boss them into doing more.
,
operate
Until his death he owned and operated a huge company.
,
handle
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
,
conduct
I decided to conduct an experiment.
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look after
,
carry on
,
regulate
a powerful body to regulate the stock market
,
take care of
,
administer
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
,
oversee
Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
,
supervise
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
,
mastermind
The finance minister will continue to mastermind economic reform.
, ,
superintend
During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
(verb) 
Definition
to function or cause to function
the staff who have kept the bank running
Synonyms
, , ,
perform
This car performs well.
,
function
On weekdays, one third of the room functions as a workspace.
,
be in business
,
be in action
,
tick over
(verb) 
He ran a lot of tests.
Synonyms
perform
people who have performed outstanding acts of bravery
,
do
I was trying to do some work.
,
carry out
,
execute
The landing was skilfully executed.
(verb) 
Definition
to function or cause to function
The tape recorder was still running.
Synonyms
work
The pump doesn't work and we have no running water.
,
go
My car isn't going very well at the moment.
,
operate
The machine operates at a pace of just 2 miles per hour.
,
function
The authorities say the prison is now functioning properly.
10 (verb) 
Definition
to drive or maintain and operate (a vehicle)
I ran a 1960 Rover 100.
Synonyms
, ,
keep
This eccentric writer kept a lobster as a pet.
,
maintain
You should always maintain your friendships.
,
possess
He is said to possess a huge fortune.
11 (verb) 
Definition
to travel somewhere in a vehicle
A shuttle bus runs frequently.
Synonyms
, ,
travel
You can travel to Helsinki tomorrow.
,
12 (verb) 
Definition
to give a lift to (someone) in a vehicle
Can you run me to work?
Synonyms
give a lift to
,
drive
She drove him to the train station.
,
carry
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
,
transport
There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
,
convey
They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
,
bear
a surveyor and his assistant bearing a torch
,
manoeuvre
We attempted to manoeuvre the canoe closer to him.
,
propel
The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
13 (verb) 
Definition
to move or pass quickly
He winced as he ran his hand over his ribs.
Synonyms
pass
She passed a hand through her hair.
,
go
The week has gone so quickly!
, ,
roll
The lorry slowly rolled forward.
,
slide
She slipped and slid downhill on her backside.
,
glide
The royal ships glided past fjords and dramatic waterfalls.
,
skim
seagulls skimming over the waves
14 (verb) 
Definition
to flow or cause (liquids) to flow
cisterns to catch rainwater as it ran off the walls
Synonyms
flow
A stream flowed down into the valley.
,
pour
Blood was pouring from his broken nose.
,
stream
Tears streamed down their faces.
,
cascade
A waterfall cascades down the cliff from the hills.
, ,
move
She waited for him to get up, but he didn't move.
,
issue
A tinny voice issued from a speaker.
,
proceed
Does Othello's downfall proceed from a flaw in his character?
,
leak
The pool's sides had cracked and the water had leaked out.
,
spill
It doesn't matter if red wine spills on this floor.
,
discharge
The resulting salty water will be discharged at sea.
,
gush
Piping hot water gushed out of the tap.
,
spout
In a storm, water spouts out of the blowhole just like a whale.
,
course
The tears coursed down his cheeks.
15 (verb) 
Definition
to dissolve and spread
The ink had run on the wet paper.
Synonyms
, ,
bleed
The two colours will bleed into each other.
,
be diffused
,
lose colour
16 (verb) 
Definition
to spread or circulate
A buzz of excitement ran through the crowd.
Synonyms
circulate
Public employees are circulating a petition calling for his reinstatement.
,
spread
Someone has been spreading rumours about us.
, ,
go round
17 (verb) 
Definition
to publish or be published in a newspaper or magazine
The paper ran a series of scathing editorials.
Synonyms
publish
His latest book will be published in May.
,
carry
Several magazines carried the story.
, , ,
print
He produces corporate brochures and prints books.
18 (verb) 
The play ran for only 3 years in the West End.
Synonyms
be staged
,
be on
,
be presented
,
be produced
,
be put on
,
be performed
,
be mounted
19 (verb) 
Definition
to have legal force or effect
The contract was to run for fifteen years.
Synonyms
be valid
,
be in force
,
be legally binding
20 (verb) 
Definition
to dissolve and spread
The pitch between the planks of the deck melted and ran.
Synonyms
melt
The snow had melted.
,
dissolve
Heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
,
liquefy
Heat the jam until it liquefies.
,
go soft
,
turn to liquid
21 (verb) 
Definition
(of stitches) to unravel
ladders in your tights gradually running all the way up your leg
Synonyms
,
tear
Too fine a material may tear.
, ,
come apart
The whole thing just came apart in my hands.
,
come undone
22 (verb) 
Definition
to smuggle (goods, esp. arms)
They were caught running counterfeits into the country.
Synonyms
smuggle
Had it really been impossible to find someone who could smuggle out a letter?
,
deal in
,
traffic in
, ,
ship
Food is being shipped to drought-stricken countries.
,
sneak
She's always sneaking the dog treats.
23 (verb) 
I was just run out of town.
Synonyms
chase
Some farmers chase you off their land quite aggressively.
, ,
hunt
Police are hunting a large wildcat that was said to have attacked a woman.
,
hound
hounded out of office
(noun) 
Definition
the act or an instance of running
a six mile run
Synonyms
race
a running race across the Sahara desert
,
rush
The explosion caused panic and a mad rush for the doors.
,
dash
a 160-mile dash to hospital
, ,
trot
He walked briskly, but without breaking into a trot.
, ,
jog
We went for another early morning jog.
,
spurt
I flushed bright red as a spurt of anger flashed through me.
(noun) 
Definition
a trip in a vehicle, esp. for pleasure
Take them for a run in the car.
Synonyms
ride
Would you like to go for a ride?
,
drive
We might go for a drive on Sunday.
,
trip
On the Thursday we went out on a day trip.
,
lift
He had a car and often gave me a lift home.
,
journey
a journey from Manchester to Plymouth
,
spin (informal)
Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
,
outing
families on a Sunday afternoon outing
,
excursion
We also recommend a full day excursion to the Upper Douro.
,
jaunt
I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
,
joy ride (informal)
,
awayday
(noun) 
Definition
a distance covered by running or a period of running
doing the morning school run
Synonyms
round
The consultant did his morning round.
,
route
They would go out on his route and check him.
, ,
circuit
I get asked this question a lot when I'm on the lecture circuit.
,
course
On the Tour de France, 200 cyclists cover a course of 2,000 miles.
(noun) 
Definition
a continuous sequence of performances
Their run of luck is holding.
Synonyms
sequence
the sequence of events that led to the murder
,
period
a period of a few months
,
stretch
He would study for eight- to ten-hour stretches.
,
spell
There has been a spell of dry weather.
,
course
In the course of the 1930s, steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
,
season
birds arriving for the breeding season
,
round
This is the latest round of job cuts.
,
series
a series of explosions
,
chain
a horrific chain of events
, ,
string
The incident was the latest in a string of attacks.
, ,
(noun) 
Definition
free and unrestricted access
He had the run of the house and the pool.
Synonyms
free use
,
unrestricted access to
,
a free hand in
,
unrestricted use of
(noun) 
Definition
type, class, or category
outside the common run of professional athletes
Synonyms
type
There are various types of the disease.
,
sort
What sort of person is he?
,
kind
They developed a new kind of film-making.
,
class
a new class of personal computer
,
variety
She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
,
category
The entries were organised into six different categories.
,
order
the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles
(noun) 
Definition
a series of unravelled stitches, esp. in tights
She had a huge run in her tights.
Synonyms
tear
I peered through a tear in the van's curtains.
,
rip
She looked at the rip in her new dress.
, ,
(noun) 
Definition
an enclosure for domestic fowls or other animals
My mother had a little chicken run.
Synonyms
enclosure
This enclosure was so vast that the outermost wall could hardly be seen.
,
pen
a holding pen for sheep
,
coop
Behind the house, the pair set up a chicken coop.
(noun) 
The only try came against the run of play.
Synonyms
direction
They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
,
way
Can you tell me the way to the station?
,
course
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
,
current
The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
,
movement
the movement towards democracy
,
progress
The road was too rough for further progress in the car.
,
flow
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
,
path
A group of reporters blocked his path.
The tornado wrecked everything in its path.
,
trend
a trend towards part-time employment
,
motion
the laws governing light, sound and motion
,
passage
the passage of troops through Spain
,
stream
a continuous stream of lava
,
tendency
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
,
drift
their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
,
tide
They talked of reversing the tide of events.
,
tenor
The whole tenor of discussions has changed.
10 (noun) 
Definition
a steeply inclined course, esp. a snow-covered one used for skiing
an alpine ski run
Synonyms
, ,
piste
11 (noun) 
Definition
a continuous and urgent demand
A run on sterling has killed hopes of a rate cut.
Synonyms
sudden demand for
,
pressure for
,
clamour for
,
rush for

idioms

See in the long run

phrase

See on the run
See run on

quotation

He who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day
[Oliver GoldsmithThe Art of Poetry on a New Plan]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abscond
Definition
to run away unexpectedly
A dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
Synonyms
fly,
clear out,
flit (informal),
break free or out,
hook it (slang),
do a runner (slang),
steal away,
sneak away,
do a bunk (British, slang),
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal),
skedaddle (informal),
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang),
go on the lam (US, Canadian, slang),
make your getaway,
do a Skase (Australian, informal),
make or effect your escape
in the sense of administer
Definition
to manage (an organization or estate)
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Synonyms
run,
preside over,
be in charge of,
in the sense of bear
Definition
to bring
a surveyor and his assistant bearing a torch
Synonyms
tote (informal),
hump (British, slang),

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