Definition of Race in English :

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Race meaning in English

Meaning of Race in English

Pronunciation of Race in English

Race pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of race


1. race

any competition

Example Sentences:
'the race for the presidency'

2. race

a contest of speed

Example Sentences:
'the race is to the swift'

3. race

people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock

Example Sentences:
'some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings'

4. race, subspecies

(biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species

5. airstream, backwash, race, slipstream, wash

the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

6. race, raceway

a canal for a current of water


7. belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it

move fast

Example Sentences:
'He rushed down the hall to receive his guests'
'The cars raced down the street'

8. race, run

compete in a race

Example Sentences:
'he is running the Marathon this year'
'let's race and see who gets there first'

9. race

to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

Example Sentences:
'We are racing to find a cure for AIDS'

10. race, rush

cause to move fast or to rush or race

Example Sentences:
'The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of race
a contest of speed, as in running, swimming, driving, riding, etc
any competition or rivalry
the race for the White House
rapid or constant onward movement
the race of time
a rapid current of water, esp one through a narrow channel that has a tidal range greater at one end than the other
a channel of a stream, esp one for conducting water to or from a water wheel or other device for utilizing its energy
a mill race
a channel or groove that contains ball bearings or roller bearings or that restrains a sliding component
the inner or outer cylindrical ring in a ball bearing or roller bearing
7. Australian and New Zealand
a narrow passage or enclosure in a sheep yard through which sheep pass individually, as to a sheep dip
8. Australian
a wire tunnel through which footballers pass from the changing room onto a football field
9. New Zealand
a line of containers coupled together, used in mining to transport coal
10.  another name for slipstream (sense 1)
11. archaic
the span or course of life
12.  not in the race
to engage in a contest of speed with (another)
to engage (oneself or one's representative) in a race, esp as a profession or pastime
to race pigeons
to move or go as fast as possible
to run (an engine, shaft, propeller, etc) or (of an engine, shaft, propeller, etc) to run at high speed, esp after reduction of the load or resistance
a group of people of common ancestry, distinguished from others by physical characteristics, such as hair type, colour of eyes and skin, stature, etc. Principal races are Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and Negroid
2.  the human race
a group of animals or plants having common characteristics that distinguish them from other members of the same species, usually forming a geographically isolated group; subspecies
a group of people sharing the same interests, characteristics, etc
the race of authors
5.  play the race card
a ginger root
Cape Race

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see synonyms of race
a competition of speed in running, skating, riding, etc.
2.  [pl.]
a series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
any contest or competition likened to a race
the race for mayor, a race for power
a steady onward movement or course
the span of life
a swift current of water
the channel for a current of water, esp. one built to use the water industrially
a millrace
a channel or groove for the moving parts of a machine, as the groove for the balls in a ball bearing
8.  Aeronautics
verb intransitiveWord forms: raced or ˈracing
to take part in a competition of speed; run a race
to go or move swiftly
to move or revolve so swiftly as to be out of control, because of less resistance or a lighter load
said of machinery
verb transitive
to compete with in a competition of speed
to enter or run (a horse, etc.) in a race
to cause to go swiftly
to cause (an engine) to run at high speed with the drive gears disengaged
any of the different varieties or populations of human beings distinguished by a) physical traits such as hair, eyes, skin color, body shape, etc.: traditionally, the three primary divisions are Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid, although many subdivisions of these are also called races b) blood types c) genetic code patterns d) all their inherited characteristics which are unique to their isolated breeding population
the state of belonging to such a population
the qualities, traits, etc. belonging, or supposedly belonging, to such a population
3.  Loosely
any geographical population
any population sharing the same activities, habits, ideas, etc.
any group of people having the same ancestry; family; clan; lineage
5.  Biology
a subspecies, or variety
breed (sense 8)
6.  Rare
distinctive flavor, taste, etc., as of wine

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of race
1. A group of people identified as distinct from other groups because of supposed physical or genetic traits shared by the group. Most biologists and anthropologists do not recognize race as a biologically valid classification, in part because there is more genetic variation within groups than between them.
2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the Celtic race.
3. A genealogical line; a lineage.
4. Humans considered as a group.
5. Biology
a. A usually geographically isolated population of organisms that differs from other populations of the same species in certain heritable traits: an island race of birds.
b. A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
6. A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine.
1. Of or relating to race; racial: race relations; race quotas.
2. Of or relating to forms of popular entertainment made by and largely marketed to African Americans in the early 1900s: race literature; race records.
1. Sports
a. A competition of speed, as in running or riding.
b. races A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course: a fan of the dog races.
2. An extended competition in which participants struggle like runners to be the winner: the presidential race.
3. Steady or rapid onward movement: the race of time.
a. A strong or swift current of water.
b. The channel of such a current.
c. An artificial channel built to transport water and use its energy. Also called raceway.
5. A groovelike part of a machine in which a moving part slides or rolls.
v. raced, rac·ing, rac·es
1. Sports To compete in a contest of speed.
2. To move rapidly or at top speed: We raced home. My heart was racing with fear.
3. To run too rapidly due to decreased resistance or unnecessary provision of fuel: adjusted the idle to keep the engine from racing.
1. Sports
a. To compete against in a race.
b. To cause to compete in a race: She races horses for a living.
2. To transport rapidly or at top speed; rush: raced the injured motorist to the hospital.
3. To cause (an engine with the gears disengaged, for example) to run swiftly or too swiftly.
A promontory of southeast Newfoundland, Canada, on the coast of the Avalon Peninsula.

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