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See also: runon, Rūnõn, and run-on



run on (third-person singular simple present runs on, present participle running on, simple past ran on, past participle run on)

  1. (idiomatic) To continue without interruption
    We can't afford for the performance to run on for more than the specified time.
  2. Using a certain time zone.
    I was still running on daylight savings time.
  3. (idiomatic) To continue talking for a long time.
    She ran on and wouldn't let anyone get a word in edgeways.
  4. To operate with a particular energy source.
    This car runs on bio-alcohol.
  5. To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank.
    • 2009, Heidi Mandanis Schooner, ‎Michael W. Taylor, Global Bank Regulation: Principles and Policies (page 27)
      Accordingly, depositors may run on a bank upon the receipt of adverse economic news that induces them to revise their assessment of a bank's soundness.
  6. (printing, historical) To carry on or continue (e.g. the type for a new sentence) without making a break or commencing a new paragraph.
  7. (transitive, dated) To press with jokes or ridicule; to abuse with sarcasm; to bear hard on.