R r


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [reys]
    • /reɪs/
    • /reɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [reys]
    • /reɪs/

Definitions of race word

  • noun race Cape, a cape at the SE extremity of Newfoundland. 1
  • verb without object race to engage in a contest of speed; run a race. 1
  • verb without object race to run horses or dogs in races; engage in or practice horse racing or dog racing. 1
  • verb without object race to run, move, or go swiftly. 1
  • verb without object race (of an engine, wheel, etc.) to run with undue or uncontrolled speed when the load is diminished without corresponding diminution of fuel, force, etc. 1
  • verb with object race to run a race against; try to beat in a contest of speed: I'll race you to the water. 1

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Origin of race

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English ras(e) < Old Norse rās a running, race (cognate with Old English rǣs a running); (v.) Middle English rasen, derivative of the noun (compare Old Norse rasa to rush headlong)

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Parts of speech for Race


race popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for race

verb race

  • compete — If you compete in a contest or a game, you take part in it.
  • take part — a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent: the rear part of the house; to glue the two parts together.
  • run — execution
  • contest — A contest is a competition or game in which people try to win.
  • sprint — to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.

noun race

  • competition — Competition is a situation in which two or more people or groups are trying to get something which not everyone can have.
  • marathon — a plain in SE Greece, in Attica: the Athenians defeated the Persians here 490 b.c.
  • steeplechase — a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
  • relay race — a race between two or more teams of contestants, each contestant being relieved by a teammate after running part of the distance.
  • speeding — rapidity in moving, going, traveling, proceeding, or performing; swiftness; celerity: the speed of light; the speed of sound.

Antonyms for race

verb race

  • withdraw — to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove: She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
  • crawl — When you crawl, you move forward on your hands and knees.
  • dally — If you dally, you act or move very slowly, wasting time.
  • dawdle — If you dawdle, you spend more time than is necessary going somewhere.
  • delay — If you delay doing something, you do not do it immediately or at the planned or expected time, but you leave it until later.

noun race

  • parent — a father or a mother.

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