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English definition of “race”

race

noun [C] (COMPETITION)   /reɪs/
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. 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 A race is also a competition to be elected to a political position: The governor of California plans to enter the presidential race.
(Definition of race noun (COMPETITION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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