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race

noun (COMPETITION)    /reɪs/
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.Competitions, and parts of competitions 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).Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport races [plural] a series of horse races in a particular place on one day: He often has a day at the races.Horse racingHorse riding
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