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race - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'race' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Race [ n.]
- A root.
- The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed.
- Company; herd; breed.
- A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.
- Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack.
- Hence, characteristic quality or disposition.
- A progress; a course; a movement or progression.
- Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running.
- Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races.
- Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
- A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.
- The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.
- A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.
2 . Race [ v. i.]
- To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.
- To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.
3 . Race [ v. t.]
- To raze.
- To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.
- To run a race with.

Meaning of 'race' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . race [ n]
Meaning (1):
- people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
Example in sentence:
  • some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings
Meaning (2):
- any competition
Example in sentence:
  • the race for the presidency
Meaning (3):
- a contest of speed
Example in sentence:
  • the race is to the swift
4 . race [ v]
Meaning (4):
- compete in a race
Example in sentence:
  • he is running the Marathon this year;
  • let's race and see who gets there first
Meaning (5):
- move hurridly
Example in sentence:
  • He rushed down the hall to receive his guests;
  • The cars raced down the street
Meaning (6):
- cause to move fast or to rush or race
Example in sentence:
  • The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze
Meaning (7):
- to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others
Example in sentence:
  • We are racing to find a cure for AIDS