run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along;
"The thief made off with our silver"
"the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
leave suddenly and as if in a hurry;
"The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"
"When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings;
"Drive away potential burglars"
"drive away bad thoughts"
"The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
run away secretly with one's beloved;
"The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas"
run off as waste;
"The water wastes back into the ocean"
reproduce by xerography
decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
- At the sight of the police officers they ran off.
- He overcame a strong temptation to run away.
- I can't just let the water run to waste.
- A roof slopes so that the rain runs off it.