American English

Definition of race verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they race
    he / she / it races
    past simple raced
    -ing form racing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to compete against someone or something to see who can go faster or the fastest, do something first, etc.; to take part in a race or races race (against somebody/something) Who will he be racing against in the next round? They raced to a thrilling victory in the relay. She'll be racing for the senior team next year. race somebody/something We raced each other back to the car. race to do something Television companies are racing to be the first to show his life story.
  2. 2[transitive] race something to make an animal or a vehicle compete in a race to race dogs/horses to race dirt bikes
  3. move fast
  4. 3[intransitive, transitive] to move very fast; to move someone or something very fast + adv./prep. He raced up the stairs. The days seemed to race past. She raced through the work in no time at all. race somebody/something + adv./prep. The injured man was raced to the hospital. She raced her car through the narrow streets of the town.
  5. of heart/mind/thoughts
  6. 4[intransitive] to function very quickly because you are afraid, excited, etc. My mind raced as I tried to work out what was happening. She took a deep breath to calm her racing pulse.
  7. of engine
  8. 5[intransitive] to run too fast The truck came to rest against a tree, its engine racing.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: race