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noun American English pronunciation: race /reɪs/ 
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singularrace
pluralraces
  1. 1
    [countable] a competition that decides who is the fastest at doing something, especially running

    training for a big race

    a close/difficult/tough race

    win/lose a race:

    Marlene needs to win the last race to keep the championship title.

    1. a.
      a competition in which a person, organization, business, or country tries to win something or be the first to do something
      race for:

      There are three main candidates in the race for the presidency.

      a race to do something:

      We are losing the race to find a cure for AIDS.

      the race is on (=it has started):

      The race is on to save one of the country's most endangered species.

      See also  arms race
    2. b.

      the races

      [plural] a series of horse races

      We always enjoy a day at the races.

      the Pimlico races

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