compete in a race
( also take part in a race )
• He is competing in his first race this year. • Runners from all over the world will take part in the race.
have a race
• Let’s have a race!
hold a race
• The race will be held on February 25th.
win/lose a race
• He did not win another race that season.
come first/last etc in a race
( also finish first/last etc in a race )
• She came third in the race.
lead the race
(= be ahead of everyone else )
• He led the race from start to finish.
finish the race
• Congratulations to Matthew, who finished the race in three hours 17 minutes.
run a race
• I thought I ran a good race.
enter somebody/something in a race
• The horse is entered in a race at Worcester the day after tomorrow.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + race
• He said he expected the race to be tough.
the big race
(= an important race )
• There are only three days to go until the big race.
a 3000 metres/10 km etc race
• He finished first in the 100 metres race.
a horse/boat/bike etc race
• It’s legal to gamble on horse races.
a road race
(= when people run, cycle etc on ordinary roads )
• She regularly competes in 10 kilometre road races.
enter/join the race
• There was speculation that another candidate might enter the race.
drop out of/withdraw from the race
• He dropped out of the presidential race three weeks ago.
stay in the race
• Forbes has the money to stay in the mayoral race as long as he likes.
win a race
• It looks as though he will win the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + race
• Most people were predicting a close race.
a three-horse/three-way race
(= when three people have a chance of winning )
• In a three-way race, Clinton received 47 percent, Dole 35 percent, Perot 10 percent.
a two-horse/two-way race
• It soon became clear that it would be a two-horse race.
a one-horse race
• This is turning into a one-horse race.
a presidential/Senate/mayoral race
• He put $12 million of his own money into a Senate race.
be still in the race
(= still have a chance of winning )
• Swindon Town is still in the race, despite losing to Manchester City on Saturday.
verb ADV. frantically, madly She raced frantically towards the train. | ahead, away, back, by, downstairs, off, out, past, upstairs Farms and villages raced by. PREP. across, after, along, around/round, down, for, into, out of, through, to, towards, up He raced madly up the stairs. PHRASES come racing Two boys suddenly came racing round the corner., noun contest to find the fastest person, car, etc. ADJ. big I get very nervous before a big race. | close, tight | long-distance | 10-kilometre, 24-hour, 7-lap, etc. | gruelling, hard, tough | relay, road | men's, women's | boat, motor, motorbike, yacht, etc. | dog, horse, etc. | Grand Prix, World Cup, etc. VERB + RACE have, hold, organize, stage Let's have a race! | be in, compete in, enter, go in for, run in, take part in Is she running in the big race on Saturday? | drop out of, pull out of, withdraw (sth) from He dropped out of the race with a pulled muscle after two laps. She had to pull out of the race at the last minute. | lead, win I was leading the race until the half-way point. She has won the race for the last five years. | lose | come first/second, etc. in | beat sb/sth in | fix There is a rumour that the race was fixed. | throw (= to lose deliberately) He was paid £1,000 to throw the race. RACE + VERB be run/held, take place RACE + NOUN meeting The horse was withdrawn from today's race meeting with an injured leg. | winner | official, organizer PREP. in a/the ~ I'm not in this race. | ~ against/with the race against the Danish team | ~ between the University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge | ~ over a race over 200 metres competitive situation ADJ. two-horse Although there are five candidates, realistically it is a two-horse race. | presidential | arms the halting of the nuclear arms race VERB + RACE be (involved) in, join The rival TV companies are in a race to bring out the first film drama of his life. | be ahead in, lead, win Who will win the race for the White House? | be left behind in, lag behind in, lose PREP. in a/the ~ lagging behind in the race for the presidency | ~ between a race between the developing countries | ~ for the race for nuclear supremacy | ~ with the race with their rivals racial group ADJ. human | mixed a child of mixed race | Irish, Jewish, Latin, etc. | master the ideology of the master race RACE + NOUN relations Immigration and race relations were key political issues at the time. | equality | discrimination, prejudice | riot PREP. among ~s The disease is more common among European races. | between ~s greater understanding between nations and races | from a ~ children from all races and religions | of a ~ people of different races and cultures | ~ of The Amazons were a race of female warriors. PHRASES on (the) grounds of race discriminating
Oxford Collocations Dictionary
• one of the main groups of people in the world, who have the same colour of skin and other physical features: Everybody should be treated equally regardless of their race or sex. • race relations (= the relationship between people of different races )
• a country and its people, or a group of people with the same history and language: Japan has become one of the richest nations in the world. • Our dream is for a united Arab nation.
the people who belong to a particular country, race, or area. The plural of this meaning of people is peoples:
• the American people • the native peoples of the islands
a group of people in a country who are the same race, with the same traditional way of life and the same leader:
• a tribe in Papua New Guinea • Bedouin tribes
a group of people of the same race, nation, or tribe:
• Within Namibia there are more than a dozen different ethnic groups. • the needs of minority ethnic groups