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verb race pronunciation in British English /reɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleracing
past tenseraced
past participleraced
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to compete against other people or animals in a race
    Only 11 of the original 18 horses will be racing.
    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 bikes on the European circuit.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move very quickly
    The economy seems to be racing towards another slump.
    race to: He raced to the bathroom when he heard Cheryl scream.
    race through: She tried to control the thoughts that were racing through her mind.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [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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    2. b.
      [transitive] to take someone somewhere quickly
      The children were raced to hospital.


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