I was watching a YouTube clip (the AVGN 3DO episode) and heard this usage of "run".

The complete copy can run you around 700 dollars today!

There should be a definition of "run" that matches this usage, but I couldn't find it. Is there any definition similar to "cost"?

  • Could it have been "can run to around 700 dollars"? That is the usual phrasing. If you link to the youtube video, someone might check.
    – James K
    Jan 15 at 8:24
  • @JamesK To my American ears, run you around 700 dollars is completely idiomatic. Jan 15 at 10:10

In this use, it means cost (the verb):

Merriam-Webster run

12 b verb: cost (sense 1)
rooms that run $50 a night

Merriam-Webster cost

1 verb: to require expenditure or payment
rooms that run $50 a night

(The M-W example is the same for both entries.)

A quick check shows that American Heritage Dictionary and Collins also show that sense. It may be hard to find the applicable sense because run is a common word that is very "overloaded", that is, it has many specific senses that don't have much to do with the pedestrian one.

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