Other forms: races; racing; raced

Race means to speed or move quickly. A race is a contest to see who is moving the quickest. Race can also mean genetic grouping––if you are reading this, chances are you're a member of the "human race."

After watching an exciting horse race, your heart may be racing, meaning your pulse is moving fast. You may find yourself racing through your day if you have too much to do, or you might race a friend home from school to see which is fastest, walking or taking the bus. On a form that asks you your race, you will often be prompted with racial categories, such as Caucasian, African-American, or Native American.

Definitions of race
  1. noun
    a contest of speed
    “the race is to the swift”
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    auto race, automobile race, car race
    a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles
    bicycle race
    a race between people riding bicycles
    boat race
    a race between people rowing or driving boats
    a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
    chariot race
    a race between ancient chariots
    dog racing
    a race between dogs; usually an occasion for betting on the outcome
    foot race, footrace, run
    a race run on foot
    a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use
    cross country
    a long race run over open country
    a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race
    horse race
    a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting
    potato race
    a novelty race in which competitors move potatoes from one place to another one at a time
    sack race
    a novelty race in which competitors jump ahead with their feet confined in a sack
    scratch race
    a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms)
    ski race, skiing race
    a race between people wearing skis
    relay, relay race
    a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance
    a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
    Grand Prix
    one of several international races
    an automobile race run over public roads
    Tour de France
    a French bicycle race for professional cyclists that lasts three weeks and covers about 3,000 miles
    sailing-race, yacht race
    a race between crews of people in yachts
    fun run, funrun
    a footrace run for fun (often including runners who are sponsored for a charity)
    a foot race of 26 miles and 385 yards
    Iditarod, Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
    an important dogsled race run annually on the Iditarod Trail
    claiming race
    a horse race in which each owner declares before the race at what price his horse will be offered for sale after the race
    selling race
    a horse race in which the winning horse must be put up for auction
    harness race, harness racing
    a horse race between people riding in sulkies behind horses that are trotting or pacing
    stake race
    a horse race in which part of the prize is put up by the owners of the horses in the race
    a horse race over an obstructed course
    obstacle race
    a race in which competitors must negotiate obstacles
    a footrace of usually 3000 meters over a closed track with hurdles and a water jump
    thoroughbred race
    a race between thoroughbred horses
    a ski race down a trail
    a downhill race over a winding course defined by upright poles
    torch race
    (ancient Greece) in which a torch is passed from one runner to the next
    track event
    a footrace performed on a track (indoor or outdoor)
    an annual horse race, especially one limited to three-year-old horses
    type of:
    competition, contest
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  2. noun
    any competition
    “the race for the presidency”
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    arms race
    a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
    campaign, political campaign, run
    a race between candidates for elective office
    campaign for governor, governor's race
    a race for election to the governorship
    senate campaign, senate race
    a race for election to the senate
    type of:
    competition, contest
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  3. verb
    compete in a race
    “let's race and see who gets there first”
    synonyms: run
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    finish third or better in a horse or dog race
    finish second or better in a horse or dog race
    participate in a boat race
    compete in a horse race
    campaign, run
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
    speed skate
    race on skates
    ride a racehorse as a professional jockey
    travel through a district and make political speeches
    run again for office
    tour the country in order to solicit votes for an election
    cross-file, register
    have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties
    type of:
    compete, contend, vie
    compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
  4. verb
    move fast
    “The cars raced down the street”
    synonyms: belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
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    dawdle, linger
    take one's time; proceed slowly
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    barge, push forward, thrust ahead
    push one's way
    buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
    move quickly and violently
    dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    run or move very quickly or hastily
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
    move precipitously or violently
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  5. verb
    to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others
    “We are racing to find a cure for AIDS”
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  6. verb
    cause to move fast or to rush or race
    “The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze”
    synonyms: rush
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  7. noun
    people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
    “some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings”
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    color, colour, people of color, people of colour
    a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
    Herrenvolk, master race
    a race that considers itself superior to all others and fitted to rule the others
    Black race, Negro race, Negroid race
    a dark-skinned race
    Caucasian race, Caucasoid race, White people, White race
    a light-skinned race
    Mongolian race, Mongoloid race, Yellow race
    an Asian race
    Amerindian race, Indian race
    usually included in the Mongoloid race
    Indian race
    sometimes included in the Caucasian race; native to the subcontinent of India
    Slavic people, Slavic race
    a race of people speaking a Slavonic language
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  8. noun
    (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
    synonyms: subspecies
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    taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
    animal or plant group having natural relations
  9. noun
    a canal for a current of water
    synonyms: raceway
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    long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
  10. noun
    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
    synonyms: airstream, backwash, slipstream, wash
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    any uninterrupted stream or discharge




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