Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “race”

See all translations

race

noun uk   /reɪs/ us  

race noun (COMPETITION)

A2 [C] a competition in which all the competitors try to be the fastest and to finish first: Do you know who won/lost the race? Let's have a swimming race. They're taking part in a race to the top of Mont Blanc.C1 [C] an attempt to be the first to do or to get something: Kieran and Andrew are in a race for promotion. [+ to infinitive] Three newspapers are involved in a race to publish the story. Another candidate has now entered the presidential race (= attempted to be elected as president). Finishing this project by December is going to be a race against time/the clock (= an attempt to finish fast within a time limit).races [plural] a series of horse races in a particular place on one day: He often has a day at the races.
More examples

race noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C or U] a group, especially of people, with particular similar physical characteristics, who are considered as belonging to the same type, or the fact of belonging to such a group: People of many different races were living side by side. Discrimination on grounds of race will not be tolerated. An increasing number of people in the country are of mixed race (= with parents of different races). [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people who share the same language, history, characteristics, etc.: The British are an island race.
More examples

race

verb uk   /reɪs/ us  

race verb (COMPETITION)

B1 [I or T] to (cause to) compete in a race: He has been racing for over ten years. I used to race (against) him when we were boys. He's racing three of his dogs on Saturday.
More examples

race verb (HURRY)

C1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to move or go fast: He raced down the street. The ambulance raced (= quickly took) the injured to a nearby hospital. The summer seems to have raced by (= passed very quickly). He raced the car engine (= made it work faster than it needed to) as he sat impatiently at the traffic lights.
(Definition of race from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of race?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “race” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More