race

noun (1)
\ ˈrās How to pronounce race (audio) \

Definition of race

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : the act of running
2a : a strong or rapid current of water flowing through a narrow channel
b : a watercourse used industrially
c : the current flowing in such a course
3a : a set course or duration of time
b : the course of life
4a : a contest of speed
b races plural : a meeting in which several races (as for horses) are run
c : a contest or rivalry involving progress toward a goal pennant race
5 : a track or channel in which something rolls or slides specifically : a groove (as for the balls) in a bearing — see roller bearing illustration

race

verb
raced; racing

Definition of race (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to compete in a race
2 : to go, move, or function at top speed or out of control people racing for safety struggled to sleep as his mind raced
3 : to revolve too fast under a diminished load

transitive verb

1 : to engage in a race with
2a : to enter in a race
b : to drive or ride at high speed
c : to transport or propel at maximum speed
3 : to speed (an engine) without a working load or with the transmission disengaged

race

noun (2)

Definition of race (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a breeding stock of animals
2a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock
b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics
3a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species also : a taxonomic category (such as a subspecies) representing such a group
b : breed
c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits
4 obsolete : inherited temperament or disposition
5 : distinctive flavor, taste, or strength

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Synonyms for race

Synonyms: Verb

battle, compete, contend, face off, fight, rival, vie

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Examples of race in a Sentence

Verb

Eight horses will race for the cup. That horse will never race again. She's going to race the champion. They raced each other home. I'll race you to see who gets there first. She races cars for a living. The flood raced through the valley. The truck's engine was racing. The dog raced ahead of me.
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First Known Use of race

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for race

Noun (1)

Middle English ras, from Old Norse rās; akin to Old English rǣs rush

Noun (2)

Middle French, generation, from Old Italian razza

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The first known use of race was in the 14th century

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race

verb

English Language Learners Definition of race

: to compete in a race
: to compete in a race against (someone)
: to drive or ride (something) in a race

race

verb
\ ˈrās How to pronounce race (audio) \
raced; racing

Kids Definition of race

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to go, move, function, or drive at top speed I looked up and saw black clouds racing off …— Jon Scieszka, The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy
2 : to take part in a contest of speed
3 : to cause an engine of a motor vehicle in neutral to run fast

race

noun

Kids Definition of race (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a contest of speed
2 : a contest involving progress toward a goal the race for mayor
3 : a strong or rapid current of water

race

noun

Kids Definition of race (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : any one of the groups that human beings can be divided into based on shared distinctive physical traits
2 : a group of individuals who share a common culture or history the English race
3 : a major group of living things the human race

race

noun
\ ˈrās How to pronounce race (audio) \

Medical Definition of race

1a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species also : a taxonomic category (as a subspecies) representing such a group
b : breed
2 : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits

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