While the company was dodging me, it was also monitoring me. At my request, a number of police officers had run my photo through the app. They soon received phone calls from company representatives asking if they were talking to the media

This is from a newspaper. I cannot find an appropriate meaning of "run" in the dictionaries. What's the meaning of this "run"? Would anybody tell me what I should refer to in a dictionary when I look "run" up in a dictionary?

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    It's similar to I'll have to run your request by the boss (present / show it to the boss, so he can either endorse your decision, or tell you what to do). Using by normally implies a "conscious" higher authority with control over decisions, but for something like an app, you just "feed" it the data (run / pass it through the app). Jan 19, 2020 at 18:38
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    There are many ways that run can be used, I suggest Merriam-Webster meaning "5 to cause to pass lightly or quickly over, along, or into something, example Ran her eye down the list". Another suggestion is in Lexico meaning "6 Be in charge of; manage." In particular meaning "6.3 Carry out (a test or procedure), example The doctor will want to examine the patient and may run tests to make sure she is okay. Similarly the usage "Run that [idea] past me again." The verb is transitive. Jan 19, 2020 at 18:42
  • @WeatherVane I really appreciate your detailed answer.
    – Mcreaper
    Jan 19, 2020 at 19:15

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Here "run through" means essentially, "fed as input to acquire the results of (to see what came out)."

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