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English verb: run off

1. run off (motion) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

SamplesThe thief made off with our silver.
The accountant absconded with the cash from the safe.

Synonymsabscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight

Narrower (hyponym)levant

2. run off (motion) leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

SamplesThe listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas.
When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out.

Synonymsbeetle off, bolt, bolt out, run out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

3. run off (motion) force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings

SamplesDrive away potential burglars.
Drive away bad thoughts.
Dispel doubts.
The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers.

Synonymschase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)banish, clear the air, fire, frighten, shoo, shoo away, shoo off

Verb groupdrive out, force out, rouse, rout out

4. run off (motion) run away secretly with one's beloved

SamplesThe young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight

5. run off (motion) run off as waste

SamplesThe water wastes back into the ocean.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

6. run off (creation) reproduce by xerography

Synonymsphotocopy, xerox

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)microcopy, photostat

7. run off (competition) decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie

Domain categorygame

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