Meaning of TRACE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ treɪs ]

( traces, tracing, traced)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If you trace the origin or development of something, you find out or describe how it started or developed.

The exhibition traces the history of graphic design in America from the 19th century to the present...

The psychiatrist successfully traced some of her problems to severe childhood traumas.

VERB : V n , V n to n

Trace back means the same as trace .

Britain’s Parliament can trace its history back to the English Parliament of the 13th century...

She has never traced back her lineage, but believes her grandparents were from Aberdeenshire.

PHRASAL VERB : V n P to n , V P n (not pron)


If you trace someone or something, you find them after looking for them.

Police are anxious to trace two men seen leaving the house just before 8am...

VERB : V n


If you trace something such as a pattern or a shape, for example with your finger or toe, you mark its outline on a surface.

I traced the course of the river on the map.

VERB : V n


If you trace a picture, you copy it by covering it with a piece of transparent paper and drawing over the lines underneath.

She learned to draw by tracing pictures out of old storybooks.

VERB : V n


A trace of something is a very small amount of it.

Wash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand...

N-COUNT : usu N of n


A trace is a sign which shows you that someone or something has been in a place.

There’s been no trace of my aunt and uncle...

Finally, and mysteriously, Hoffa disappeared without trace.

N-COUNT : usu N of n , also without N


If you say that someone or something sinks without trace or sinks without a trace , you mean that they stop existing or stop being successful very suddenly and completely.

The Social Democratic Party has sunk without trace at these elections...

PHRASE : V inflects

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