1. The act or an instance of running.
2. The power or ability to run.
3. Sports The exercise or sport of someone who runs.
1. Ongoing over a period of time: a running conversation; a running joke among us.
2. Set in continuous or unbroken lines: running text.
3. Printed at the top or bottom of every page or every other page: a running title; a running footer.
In a consecutive way: four years running.
in the running
1. Entered as a contender in a competition.
2. Having the possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
out of the running
1. Not entered as a contender in a competition.
2. Having no possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
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