Language Tips

to run fast

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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs that mean to run fast:



dash to run somewhere very fast because you are in a hurry:

  • I dashed out into the street, still in my pyjamas.
  • Maria came dashing down the stairs.

make a dash for something to run very quickly in order to escape or to reach a place:

  • He looked at the guards and wondered whether to make a dash for it.
  • It was starting to pour with rain so we made a dash for shelter.

race to run somewhere very fast:

  • I raced to the front of the house and dashed through the front door.
  • The boys raced down to the harbour to see the boats come in.

sprint to run very fast for a short time:

  • Stella sprinted off down the street ahead of them.
  • Adam Roxburgh sprinted 60 metres to score a brilliant goal.

tear to run somewhere very fast without looking where you are going:

  • Mike tore along the corridor to his classroom.
  • A man was tearing down the street pursued by two police officers.

charge to run somewhere quickly and in a determined way:

  • The door opened and Penny charged into the room.
  • There was the sound of many pairs of feet charging down the stairs.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to run‘.

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