Which word in the English language has the most definitions? – 2017

Which word in the English language has the most definitions?

– set
– put
– run
– take


25.5% correct

Gilliver, diligently working on the new edition of the O.E.D., worked for nine months to complete the 645 definitions of the word “run.” The record was previously held by the word “set,” but the modern era displaced it to a second-place rating. “Put” comes in a respectable third. The use of the word “run” exploded in the 20th and 21st centuries with the increase in use of machines and computers. Source: NYTimes.com

move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time.
“the dog ran across the road”
synonyms: sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double; More
pass or cause to pass quickly in a particular direction.
“the rumour ran through the pack of photographers”
synonyms: go, pass, move, travel; More
an act or spell of running.
“I usually go for a run in the morning”
synonyms: sprint, race, dash, gallop, rush, spurt; More
a journey accomplished or route taken by a vehicle, aircraft, or boat, especially on a regular basis.
“the London–Liverpool run”
synonyms: route, way, course, journey; circuit, round, beat
“she volunteered to do the school run”

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