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race

noun  /reɪs/ us  

race noun (COMPETITION)

[C] a competition between people or animals to see who can get from the starting place to the finish before all the others: a horse race She won the 100-meter race in 11.06 seconds. [C] fig. A race is also an urgent effort: [+ to infinitive] It was a race against time to get the project finished by Friday’s deadline. politics & government [C] A race is also a competition to be elected to a political position: The governor of California plans to enter the presidential race.

race noun (PEOPLE)

[C/U] any group into which humans can be divided according to their shared physical or genetic characteristics: [U] Discrimination because of race is against the law.

race

verb [I/T]  /reɪs/ us  

race verb [I/T] (COMPETE)

to compete in a race or run a race with someone: [I/T] He’s been racing (cars) for over ten years. fig. To race is also to move fast or to happen quickly: [I always + adv/prep] The boys came racing across the playground. [I always + adv/prep] Last summer seemed to race by.
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