Runner - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrʌnər|  American pronunciation of the word runner
Brit.  |ˈrʌnə|  British pronunciation of the word runner


- someone who imports or exports without paying duties (syn: contrabandist, moon-curser, smuggler)
- someone who travels on foot by running
- a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents
- a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
- a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips (syn: offset, stolon)
- a trained athlete who competes in foot races
- (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play

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The runner slid into third base.

...sent a runner to tell them that all was ready for the feast...

The runners want him.

The runners and riders appear in Friday's Racing Post.

he sent a runner over with the contract

The runner was forced out of bounds.

He was the first runner to cross the finish line.

She's a very fast runner.

The runner jumped a hurdle.

The gap between the lead runner and the rest of the field continued to widen.

Despite his bulk, he's a very fast runner.

...despite an accident early on, the runner persevered and ultimately triumphed...

The runner went to second base on a sacrifice.

“I'm the fastest runner on the team,” she bragged.

The lead runner set a murderous pace.

Word forms

singular: runner
plural: runners
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