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race

noun \ ˈrās \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of race

1 chiefly Scotland : the act of running
2 a : 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
3 a : a set course or duration of time
b : the course of life
4 a : 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

Origin and Etymology of race

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


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race

verb

Definition of race

raced; racing
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
2 a : 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

Examples of race in a Sentence

  1. Eight horses will race for the cup.

  2. That horse will never race again.

  3. She's going to race the champion.

  4. They raced each other home.

  5. I'll race you to see who gets there first.

  6. She races cars for a living.

  7. The flood raced through the valley.

  8. The truck's engine was racing.

  9. The dog raced ahead of me.

First Known Use of race

15th century

race Synonyms


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race

noun

Definition of race

1 : a breeding stock of animals
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

Origin and Etymology of race

Middle French, generation, from Old Italian razza

Other Genetics Terms


RACE Defined for English Language Learners

race

verb

Definition of race for English Language Learners

  • : to compete in a race

  • : to compete in a race against (someone)

  • : to drive or ride (something) in a race


RACE Defined for Kids

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race

verb \ ˈrās \

Definition of race for Students

raced; racing
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

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race

noun

Definition of race for Students

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

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race

noun

Definition of race for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

race

noun \ ˈrās \

medical Definition of race

1 a : 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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