race-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: move or function at top speed; rush (to accomplish a goal).

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 RACE (NP2) INCLUDES: RACE THE CLOCK

Please stop racing around--the house looks fine.
People were racing to higher ground to escape the flash flood.
His mind raced as he sought a way out of this predicament.
Timmy raced his tricycle around the driveway.
Monica raced the children through their chores and out the door.
Rescuers are racing the clock to find the trapped miners before
their air runs out.

VerbNet: run-51.3.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: race.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: (cause to) compete in or as if in a race or competition.

NOTE: If BOTH competitors are not obvious, tag with sense 1 (see example sentences 3 and 5 above).

Let's race and see who gets there first!
He raced the AMA 250cc U.S. Motocross Championship, earning 7 overall podium finishes.
They raced against the clock to complete their chores in time.
The competition is even more heated in the auto industry, where companies
are racing one another in a world-wide market.
I raced the law (and the law won).
Various other drivers raced the 08 truck that season.
The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: race.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

Sense Number 3: speed (an engine) with no load or the transmission disengaged

At one point, Hill put the car into neutral and raced the engine.
When starting the vehicle the last two mornings, the engine raced
and sputtered for about 15 seconds.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM