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English noun: race

1. race (event) any competition

SamplesThe race for the presidency.

Broader (hypernym)competition, contest

Narrower (hyponym)arms race, campaign, political campaign, run

2. race (event) a contest of speed

SamplesThe race is to the swift.

Broader (hypernym)competition, contest

Narrower (hyponym)auto race, automobile race, bicycle race, boat race, burnup, car race, chariot race, cross country, dog racing, foot race, footrace, freestyle, heat, horse race, potato race, relay, relay race, repechage, run, sack race, scratch race, ski race, skiing race

3. race (group) people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock

SamplesSome biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings.

Broader (hypernym)group, grouping

Narrower (hyponym)Amerindian race, Black race, Caucasian race, Caucasoid race, color, colour, Herrenvolk, Indian race, Indian race, master race, Mongolian race, Mongoloid race, Negro race, Negroid race, people of color, people of colour, Slavic people, Slavic race, White people, White race, Yellow race

4. race (group) (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species


Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Domain categorybiological science, biology

5. race (phenomenon) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Synonymsairstream, backwash, slipstream, wash

Broader (hypernym)flow

6. race (artifact) a canal for a current of water


Broader (hypernym)canal

English verb: race

1. race (motion) move fast

SamplesHe rushed down the hall to receive his guests.
The cars raced down the street.

ExamplesThey race up the hill

Synonymsbelt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, rush, rush along, speed, step on it

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)barge, buck, charge, dart, dash, flash, push forward, scoot, scud, shoot, shoot, shoot down, tear, thrust ahead

Antonymsdawdle, linger

2. race (competition) compete in a race

SamplesHe is running the Marathon this year.
Let's race and see who gets there first.

ExamplesThese cars won't race


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie

Narrower (hyponym)boat-race, campaign, horse-race, place, run, show, speed skate

3. race (social) to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

SamplesWe are racing to find a cure for AIDS.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

4. race (motion) cause to move fast or to rush or race

SamplesThe psychologist raced the rats through a long maze.

ExamplesThey race the car down the avenue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

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