The next word in our vocabulary boost series is RUN. RUN is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of move, flee, manage or direct. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using RUN.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Run a business

Run a race

Run out of time

Run over time

Have a good run at something

Have the runs

Run on – work with = my car runs on diesel

Go for a run

Go running

Run track (USA)

Be on the run

Run along the beach

Run up a hill/mountain

Run for the hills

Run at someone

Understand the running of a business

Make a run for it

Have a run of good/bad luck


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Run out of – have none left/remaining

We have run out of milk

Run over – hit with a vehicle

I was run over by a BMW

Run over – go for too long

The meeting ran over by 20 minutes

Run into – meet by coincidence

I ran into your dad in the city center

Run away – flee by running

The thief ran away with the loot

Run off – flee by running

I can’t believe your brother just ran off like that

Run up – accumulate

My wife has run up a huge phone bill

Run down – exhaust

I get run down by the end of term



To learn how to use RUN you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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