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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 Ben Nevis. 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.

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.

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.

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.
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