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verb race pronunciation in American English /reɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleracing
past tenseraced
past participleraced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to compete against other people or animals in a race

    We raced in a two-day drive from Las Vegas to Chicago.

    I raced my brother down the street.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to use a car, boat, horse, or other animal for competing in a race

      He still finds the time to race his horses at county fairs.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move very quickly

    The economy seems to be racing toward another depression.

    race to:

    The family raced to the basement when they heard Cheryl scream.

    race through:

    She tried to control the thoughts that were racing through her mind.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to take someone somewhere quickly

      The children were raced to the hospital.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to work or move at a faster speed than usual

      She felt her heart begin to race madly.

      We could hear the engine racing.

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