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Meaning of “race” in the English Dictionary

"race" in British English

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racenoun

uk   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   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)
Translations of “race”
in Korean 경주, 인종…
in Arabic سِباق, عِرْق…
in Malaysian perlumbaan…
in French course…
in Russian гонка, состязание, раса…
in Chinese (Traditional) 比賽, 賽跑,速度競賽, 競爭…
in Italian gara, corsa, razza…
in Turkish yarış, yarışma, müsabaka…
in Polish wyścig, rasa, walka…
in Spanish carrera…
in Vietnamese cuộc đua…
in Portuguese corrida, raça…
in Thai การแข่งขัน…
in German das Rennen…
in Catalan cursa, raça…
in Japanese 競走, 競争, レース…
in Chinese (Simplified) 比赛, 赛跑,速度竞赛, 竞争…
in Indonesian pacuan…
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