rac·​ing | \ ˈrā-siŋ How to pronounce racing (audio) \

Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of engaging in or holding races

Examples of racing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So Barnes, who is still a 24-year-old graduate student but off to a racing start with her playwriting career, has imagined two Black duchesses, one of whom, a veteran of the title, is teaching a newcomer about the usual strict rules of engagement. Chris Jones,, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton inspire the new Steppenwolf play ‘Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!’," 24 Feb. 2021 The west and south access roads did feature side-by-side drag racing. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Racing events important to history," 23 Feb. 2021 To lend an air of authenticity to the racing footage, driver Reed Sorenson's car was repainted as the Fake Steak car for a race last season. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Kevin James hits the gas in a racing comedy," 23 Feb. 2021 The fairgrounds played host to off-track betting for years, but only during a limited summer horse racing meet. Washington Post, "Maryland state fairgrounds in ‘shambles,’ officials say, but there’s not enough money for repairs," 22 Feb. 2021 Chris Wagner’s white jumpsuit — with blue, red, orange, and yellow racing stripes — turned him into Evel Knievel on vacation. Matt Porter,, "Bruins decked out in ‘90s garb for arrival at Lake Tahoe outdoor game," 21 Feb. 2021 The Speedmaster model itself was introduced in 1957, intended for use in timing racing events, hence the name. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "Omega Speedmaster Professional: The Moonwatch gets a new thruster," 21 Feb. 2021 At least eight horses on average died at racetracks nationwide each week during the 2019 racing season, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Susannah Bryan,, "Horses are dying at Gulfstream Park — 113 in two years," 20 Feb. 2021 Earlier this week, Oaklawn announced a series of changes to its racing schedule in hopes of returning some normalcy to the race meet. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: Oaklawn reschedules 27 races that were snowed out," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of racing

1630, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

27 Feb 2021

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“Racing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of racing horses, cars, etc.

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