I. running run‧ning 1 [ˈrʌnɪŋ] noun
1. the running of something the way in which an organization or system is managed or organized:

• He has little say in the running of the company.

2. be in the running/​out of the running to have some hope or no hope of winning something:
be in the running/​out of the running for

• Two European aircraft builders are in the running for the contract.

  [m0] II. running running 2 adjective
1. running argument/​battle/​debate etc an argument etc that continues or is repeated over a long period of time:

• the running debate over taxes and growth

2. running total a total that is continually increased as new costs, amounts etc are added:

• We have been keeping a running total of layoff announcements by major corporations.

3. in running order a machine that is in running order is working correctly:

• They had failed to keep the crane in running order.

4. the running order the order in which the different parts of an event have been arranged to take place:

• The running order had to be changed at the last minute.

5. running repairs small repairs that you do to a machine to keep it working

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running UK US /ˈrʌnɪŋ/ adjective
[before noun] happening continuously without interruption: »

a running battle/argument/dispute


The news site has kept up a running commentary on the state of the county's debt.

two years/six weeks/eight days, etc. running — Cf. two years/six weeks/eight days, etc. running
running UK US /ˈrʌnɪŋ/ noun [U]
the activity of managing the operation of something: the running of sth »

Our company places value on things that go beyond the running of the business.


She is in charge of the day-to-day running of the department.

in the running (for sth) — Cf. in the running for sth

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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