I would like to know if run in this context means organize (like organize an event).

"I watched four volleyball games running simultaneously" Thanks

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    No. Your suggested meaning would apply in, for example, I ran four volleyball games simultaneously. But in the cited context, running = active = taking place = happening = being played. Nov 16, 2017 at 14:41

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To run an event, meaning to organize it and oversee it while it is underway, is a transitive verb that takes a direct object:

Are you running v.t. the presentation d.o. tomorrow?

The volleyball games themselves are not organizing anything. Someone is running them.

The volleyball games are being run simultaneously (by someone, e.g. by the school athletic department, or by the league).

In your example, the verb is intransitive, and it does not have the meaning of the transitive verb. Intransitive run means "to be underway, to be in progress, to be operating (properly)".

  • This is the same sense of "running" that we see in "a show running on Broadway" or "a program running on a server". Nov 16, 2017 at 18:27
  • Indeed, Gary, if we abstract it.
    – TimR
    Nov 16, 2017 at 19:08

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