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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Richest race Amidst the pomp and ceremony, the stellar racing action is the centerpiece of the week. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: A summer spectacle with the royal seal of approval," 17 June 2019 Watch champion sled dogs train for the upcoming racing season and learn about Iditarod traditions. National Geographic, "Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer," 17 June 2019 According to the Jockey Club, more than 150,000 thoroughbreds were active in racing or breeding as recently as 1991. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Reform or extinction? Many see horse slaughter as existential threat to racing," 15 June 2019 The hapless race car driver who pretended not to speak English has been in cahoots with the actress the entire time to get revenge for his father's racing accident that took his legs, which happened because of Malcolm cutting safety corners. Andrea Reiher,, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019 His racing victories helped with marketing of the sails. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Lowell North Applied Computer Modeling to Art of Making Sails," 14 June 2019 XTreme Action Park: Fathers who bring the kids get a free pro racing session, a race license and a headsock at the Fort Lauderdale amusement center. Doreen Christensen,, "15 Father’s Day freebies: Fun things to do, dining deals and savings on gifts," 14 June 2019 These might be the racing colors of his mother Queen Elizabeth. Simon Perry,, "Prince William and Prince Harry Are Sharing Their Childhood Treehouse with Their Kids," 14 June 2019 Lauda, named after Niki Lauda, an Austrian racing driver who died last month, is a uniquely appealing brand for locals. M.r., The Economist, "Ryanair is starting to hide its brand," 14 June 2019

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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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