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"race" in British English

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racenoun

uk   /reɪs/  us   /reɪs/
  • race noun (COMPETITION)

A2 [C] a ​competition in which all the ​competitorstry 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 forpromotion. [+ to infinitive] Three ​newspapers are ​involved in a race topublish the ​story. Another ​candidate has now entered the ​presidential race (= the ​attempt to be ​elected as ​president). Finishing this ​project by ​December is going to be a race against ​time/the ​clock (= an ​attempt to ​finishfast within a ​timelimit).
races [plural]
a ​series of ​horse races in a ​particularplace on one ​day: He often has a ​day at the races.

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  • race noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C or U] a ​group, ​especially of ​people, with ​particularsimilarphysicalcharacteristics, who are ​considered as ​belonging to the same ​type, or the ​fact of ​belonging to such a ​group: People of many different races were ​livingside by ​side. Discrimination on ​grounds of race will not be ​tolerated. An ​increasingnumber 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.

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raceverb

uk   /reɪs/  us   /reɪs/
  • 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.

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  • 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 ​nearbyhospital. The ​summerseems to have raced by (= ​passed very ​quickly). He raced the ​carengine (= made it ​workfaster than it ​needed to) as he ​satimpatiently at the ​trafficlights.
(Definition of race from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"race" in American English

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racenoun

 us   /reɪs/
  • race noun (COMPETITION)

[C] a ​competition between ​people or ​animals to ​see who can get from the ​startingplace 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 ​urgenteffort: [+ to infinitive] It was a race against ​time to get the ​projectfinished by Friday’s ​deadline.
politics & government [C] A race is also a ​competition to be ​elected to a ​politicalposition: The ​governor of California ​plans to ​enter the ​presidential race.
  • race noun (PEOPLE)

[C/U] any ​group into which humans can be ​dividedaccording to ​theirsharedphysical or ​genetic characteristics: [U] Discrimination because of race is against the ​law.

raceverb [I/T]

 us   /reɪs/
  • 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 ​happenquickly: [I always + adv/prep] The ​boys came racing ​across the ​playground. [I always + adv/prep] Last ​summerseemed to race by.
(Definition of race from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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