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Dictionary Definition



1 any competition; "the race for the presidency"
2 people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"
3 a contest of speed; "the race is to the swift"
4 the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller [syn: slipstream, airstream, backwash, wash]
5 (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species [syn: subspecies]
6 a canal for a current of water [syn: raceway]


1 step on it; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street" [syn: rush, hotfoot, hasten, hie, speed, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along] [ant: linger]
2 compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first" [syn: run]
3 to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others; "We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"
4 cause to move fast or to rush or race; "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze" [syn: rush]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /reɪs/, /reIs/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪs

Etymology 1

From race, from razza, possibly from sc=Arab.


  1. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
    The Anglo-Saxon race
  2. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common, genetically linked, physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
    Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  3. In the context of "controversial usage": One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on historical definitions of race.
    The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are part of the same Mongoloid race.
  4. A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; informal for subspecies.
  5. A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  6. A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
    The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
a large group of people set apart from others on the basis of a common heritage
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (zhǒng), 种族 (zhǒng zú)
  • Czech: rasa
  • Dutch: ras, afkomst
  • trreq Esperanto
  • Finnish: rotu
  • trreq French
  • German: Geschlecht, Rasse
  • Hebrew: גזע ('geza')
  • Hungarian: faj
  • Italian: razza
  • Japanese: 人種 ()
  • Korean: 인종 (injong)
  • Kurdish: نه‌ته‌وه‌
  • Latin: genus, gens
  • trreq Old English
  • Russian: раса
  • Slovene: rasa
  • Spanish: raza
  • Swedish: ras
  • trreq Turkish
a large group of people set apart from others on the basis of common, genetically-linked, physical characteristics
  • Dutch: ras
  • Finnish: rotu
  • Italian: razza
  • Japanese: 人種 ()
  • Kurdish:
  • Slovene: rasa
  • Swedish: ras
one of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species
  • Dutch: ras, afkomst
  • Italian: razza
  • Slovene: rasa
  • Swedish: ras
a population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; informal for subspecies
  • Swedish: ras
a breed or strain of domesticated animal
  • Dutch: ras
  • Finnish: rotu
a category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one
  • Dutch: soort
Related terms

Etymology 2

from ras, akin to Old English ræs.


  1. A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race, and the first one to reach the finishing post wins; in an arms race several countries each try to acquire more powerful weapons than any other.
  2. A progressive movement toward a goal.
  3. A fast moving current of water.
  4. A rhizome (esp. of ginger).
  5. The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
  • Arabic:
  • Bosnian: trka
  • Chinese: 競賽, 竞赛 (jìng sài)
  • Croatian: trka
  • Czech: závod
  • Dutch: wedloop
  • Finnish: kilpailu, kilpa
  • French: course
  • German: Rennen
  • Hungarian: verseny
  • Italian: corsa
  • Japanese: 競争 ()
  • Korean: 경주 (gyeongju)
  • Portuguese: corrida
  • Russian: гонки (gónki) f|p
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: трка , гонка i rare
    Roman: trka , gonka i rare
  • Slovene: dirka
  • Spanish: carrera
  • Swedish: kapplöpning
a progressive movement toward a goal
  • Japanese: 進行 ()
a fast moving current of water
a rhizome
  • Japanese: 地下茎 ()
  • Spanish: raíz
the bushings of a rolling element
Translations to be checked
Translations to be checked


  1. To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  2. To move or drive at high speed.
    As soon as it was time to go home, he raced for the door.
    Her heart was racing as she peered into the dimly lit room.
  3. Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
to take part in a race
to move or drive at high speed
of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission




  • /res/|lang=nl


From race


  1. Speed contest, race


  1. defn Dutch



From razza, possibly from sc=Arab.



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Extensive Definition

Race may refer to:

See also

  • RACE, disambiguation
race in Spanish: Raza (desambiguación)
race in Hungarian: Néger
race in Dutch: Ras
race in Uzbek: Irq
race in Simple English: Race

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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