A race is a competition. You can use this word for sporting events or business activities. These sentences and questions use "race" as a noun:
- There’s a 400 meter race today.
- The race ended in a tie. (tie = two invididuals or teams have the same score or the same time.)
- How long is this race?
- How many people are running in the race?
- Who won the race?
- Let’s have a race!
The word "race" is also commonly used when people are trying to get elected to a political office. The events leading up to the election are a "race."
- The race for President of the United States has already begun even though the election doesn’t happen until November of 2016.
- Many Republicans have entered the race for president.
- The race for governor of our state was very close.
These sentences use "race" as a verb. To race is to go fast.
- It’s fun to watch horses race.
- A couple of children raced each other across the beach.
- Bernie’s heart races whenever he sees his girlfriend.
- If Sandra races with the wind at her back, she’ll probably win.
- Let’s race!
The word "race" can also be used when a group of people are determined to solve a problem or find a solution within a period of time:
- Scientists are racing to find a cure for cancer.
- Firefighters raced against time when putting out the fire.
- It feels like I’m always racing around on the weekend to get things done.
Sometimes the word "race" is used for a person’s ethnic background.
- Lavitra is black and Roger is white, but they love each other regardless of each person’s race.
- Ahmed claims he was denied an apartment because of his race.
- It’s illegal in the United States to discriminate* based on a person’s race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
*discriminate: to take a form of action or behavior against a person based on skin color or other factors.
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This page was first published on August 6, 2012. It was updated on July 18, 2015.