race Definition

  • 1a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course
  • 2a group of people sharing the same culture, history, language, etc.; an ethnic group
  • 3a classification of humans into groups based on physical traits, ancestry, genetics, or social relations

Using race: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "race" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Boston Marathon is one of the most famous races in the world.

  • Example

    The horse race was held at the local racetrack.

  • Example

    The Olympic Games feature races in various categories.

  • Example

    The car race ended in a photo finish.

race Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for race

Idioms Using race

  • to perform well in a competition


    The team put on a good race and won the championship.

  • competing with others to achieve or obtain something


    The company is in the race for the top spot in the industry.

  • to be the first to finish a competition


    He trained hard to win the race and set a new record.

Phrases with race

  • a competitive struggle for wealth or power that is often ruthless and stressful


    I got tired of the rat race and decided to quit my job.

  • a person whose parents or ancestors are from different racial backgrounds


    She is proud of her mixed race heritage.

  • to try to do something very quickly because there is very little time


    We're in a race against time to finish this project before the deadline.

Origins of race

from Old Norse 'ras', meaning 'a running, race'


Summary: race in Brief

The term 'race' [reɪs] refers to a competition between individuals or groups to determine the fastest or best performer, such as a footrace or car race. It can also refer to a group of people who share the same cultural or ethnic background, or a classification of humans based on physical traits or ancestry. Phrases like 'rat race' and 'race against time' describe competitive struggles, while idioms like 'put on a good race' and 'win the race' denote success in competition.

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