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

Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of engaging in or holding races

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Now retired, Earnhardt finished his racing career in 2017 as the 15-time most popular driver with an astonishing nearly 68 percent of the fan vote. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "The biggest turning point in Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte's relationship," 10 July 2018 Missing from the color and champagne of Saturday night’s raucous victory lane was Dave Jones, Erik’s father and the power behind his racing career. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Erik Jones outlasts chaos at Daytona and scores win for NASCAR's young guns," 8 July 2018 Truex began his racing career as a kid running go-karts on road courses, and those lifelong skills are showing. Greg Beacham,, "Martin Truex Jr. conquers NASCAR road race at Sonoma," 24 June 2018 For race experts, the notion that this relatively unknown colt that had begun its racing career in England could win the Belmont Stakes is far-fetched, but Gronk isn’t afraid to dream. Kalyn Kahler,, "A Saturday at the Belmont With Gronk," 11 June 2018 Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Kentucky Derby. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown champ," 9 June 2018 Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Kentucky Derby. CBS News, "Justify captures Triple Crown, wins 150th Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 Amid his professional racing career, the runner also joined the Canadian Army as a dispatch runner. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Who is Tom Longboat? Google honors one of world’s greatest athletes of all time," 4 June 2018 Alonso is reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with his team’s inability to provide him a car competitive enough to contend for meaningful results, leading to speculation the 36-year-old Spaniard wants to continue his racing career elsewhere. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: McLaren seems destined to be part of IndyCar's future — one way or another," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of racing

1630, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of racing was in 1630

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English Language Learners Definition of racing

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

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