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Meaning & Definition of Trace in English

English

Trace

/tres/

noun

1. A just detectable amount

  • "He speaks french with a trace of an accent"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • hint
  • ,
  • suggestion

2. An indication that something has been present

  • "There wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
  • "A tincture of condescension"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • vestige
  • ,
  • tincture
  • ,
  • shadow

3. A suggestion of some quality

  • "There was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
  • "He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • trace
  • ,
  • ghost

4. A drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

    synonym:
  • tracing
  • ,
  • trace

5. Either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

    synonym:
  • trace

6. A visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

    synonym:
  • trace

verb

1. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

  • "We must follow closely the economic development is cuba"
  • "Trace the student's progress"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • follow

2. Make a mark or lines on a surface

  • "Draw a line"
  • "Trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • draw
  • ,
  • line
  • ,
  • describe
  • ,
  • delineate

3. To go back over again

  • "We retraced the route we took last summer"
  • "Trace your path"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • retrace

4. Pursue or chase relentlessly

  • "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"
  • "The detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
    synonym:
  • hound
  • ,
  • hunt
  • ,
  • trace

5. Discover traces of

  • "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
    synonym:
  • trace

6. Make one's course or travel along a path

  • Travel or pass over, around, or along
  • "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"
  • "The women traced the pasture"
    synonym:
  • trace

7. Copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it

  • Make a tracing of
  • "Trace a design"
  • "Trace a pattern"
    synonym:
  • trace

8. Read with difficulty

  • "Can you decipher this letter?"
  • "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"
    synonym:
  • decipher
  • ,
  • trace

Examples of using

Don't leave a trace.
No one should be able to trace the events there back to us.
The police looked everywhere and couldn't find any trace of Tom.