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Definition 1: decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff - [verb of competition]

(run off is a kind of ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(run off belongs to category ...) a contest with rules to determine a winner

"you need four people to play this game"

Definition 2: reproduce by xerography - [verb of creation]

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) make a copy or equivalent of

"reproduce the painting"

(... is a kind of run off ) photocopy printed or other graphic matter so that it is reduced in size

(... is a kind of run off ) make a copy by means of a Photostat device

Definition 3: force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings - [verb of motion]

Samples where run off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Drive away potential burglars
  • drive away bad thoughts
  • dispel doubts
  • The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of run off ) drive out or away by or as if by fire

"The soldiers were fired" "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

(... is a kind of run off ) dispel differences or negative emotions

"The group called a meeting to finally clear the air"

(... is a kind of run off ) drive away

"banish bad thoughts" "banish gloom"

(... is a kind of run off ) drive away by crying `shoo!'

(run off has a similar meaning as ...) force or drive out

"The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."

Definition 4: leave suddenly and as if in a hurry - [verb of motion]

Samples where run off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) go away from a place

"At what time does your train leave?" "She didn't leave until midnight" "The ship leaves at midnight"

Definition 5: run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along - [verb of motion]

Samples where run off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) run away quickly

"He threw down his gun and fled"

(... is a kind of run off ) run off without paying a debt

Definition 6: run away secretly with one's beloved - [verb of motion]

Samples where run off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) run away quickly

"He threw down his gun and fled"

Definition 7: run off as waste - [verb of motion]

Samples where run off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water wastes back into the ocean

Synonyms for run off in the sense of this definition

(run off is a kind of ...) move along, of liquids

"Water flowed into the cave" "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

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