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This is excerpt from a site:

The CIA has announced its new deputy director as Gina Haspel, who took part in covert interrogation programs on Al-Qaeda suspects, and even ran a ‘black site’ prison in Thailand that used torture for questionings, the Washington Post reports.

What is the significance of the run verb ???

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  • To 'run' an organisation or facility implies that one is not just a titular head delegating everything to all and sundry and remotely dictating policy at arms' length but that one retains the direct responsibility of day-to-day decisions and hands-on management. The example actually 'ran' the black site, and did not only have executive oversight of it. Whatever happened there is down to them. – Nigel J Mar 14 '18 at 16:35
  • @NigelJ that is...........the man is not head of a prison but some executive position ??? – Oleg Gopkolov Mar 14 '18 at 16:43
  • The person is now Deputy Director of the CIA. In the past they 'ran' (presumably on the actual site in Thailand) the prison. P.S. I assume 'Gina' is a woman. – Nigel J Mar 14 '18 at 16:45
  • @NigelJ Ok......That is.........the woman wasn't a head of prison but occupied some executive position ??? – Oleg Gopkolov Mar 14 '18 at 16:50
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    Please read my last comment again. She ran the place. She was the Boss. – Nigel J Mar 14 '18 at 17:00
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In this sense, run means to operate, or to be in charge of.

  • to work in a prison ??? – Oleg Gopkolov Mar 14 '18 at 16:32
  • To operate a prison. To be in charge of a prison. – Green Grasso Holm Mar 14 '18 at 18:11
  • Yes, sorry: it meant that Haspel was operating the prison. – Oliver Mason Mar 14 '18 at 18:28
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Collins English Dictionary via thefreedictionary.com defines "run" as:

  1. (tr) to be in charge of; manage: to run a company.

Which is the general meaning when run relates to a person and an organisation in this way. But there are a lot of definitions for "run"!

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