Meaning of “race” in the English Dictionary

"race" in British English

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racenoun

uk /reɪs/ us /reɪs/

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 (= 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 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.

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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.

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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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(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 starting place 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 urgent effort:

[ + to infinitive ] It was a race against time to get the project finished by Friday’s deadline.

politics & government [ C ] A race is also a competition to be elected to a political position:

The governor of California plans to enter the presidential race.

race noun (PEOPLE)

[ C/U ] any group into which humans can be divided according to their shared physical 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 happen quickly:

(Definition of “race” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)