race - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a competition that decides who is the fastest at doing something, especially running

    training for a big race

    win/lose a race:

    Marlene needs to win the last race to retain her 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.

    2. b.

      the races

      [plural] a series of horse races

      We always enjoy a day at the races.

      York Races

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a group of people who are similar because they have the same skin colour or other physical features

    We do not discriminate on the basis of race or gender.

    1. a.
      a group of people who are similar because they speak the same language or have the same history or customs
  3. 3
    [countable] science a group of animals or plants that are similar to each other. A race of animals or plants is smaller than a species.