Meaning of TRACK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ træk ]

( tracks, tracking, tracked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A track is a narrow road or path.

We set off once more, over a rough mountain track.

= path



A track is a piece of ground, often oval-shaped, that is used for races involving athletes, cars, bicycles, horses, or dogs called greyhounds.

The two men turned to watch the horses going round the track.

...the athletics track.



Railway tracks are the rails that a train travels along.

A woman fell on to the tracks.

N-COUNT : usu pl


A track is one of the songs or pieces of music on a CD, record, or tape.



Tracks are marks left in the ground by the feet of animals or people.

The only evidence of pandas was their tracks in the snow...

N-PLURAL : oft supp N


If you track animals or people, you try to follow them by looking for the signs that they have left behind, for example the marks left by their feet.

He thought he had better track this wolf and kill it...

VERB : V n


To track someone or something means to follow their movements by means of a special device, such as a satellite or radar.

Our radar began tracking the jets...

VERB : V n


If you track someone or something, you investigate them, because you are interested in finding out more about them.

If it’s possible, track the rumour back to its origin...

VERB : V n


In a school, a track is a group of children of the same age and ability who are taught together. ( AM; in BRIT, use stream )



To track students means to divide them into groups according to their ability. ( AM; in BRIT, use stream )

Students are already being tracked.

VERB : be V-ed , also V n

• track‧ing

Tracking assigns some students to college prep and others to vocational programs.



see also backtrack , fast track , racetrack , sidetrack , soundtrack , title track


If someone covers their tracks , they hide or destroy evidence of their identity or their actions, because they want to keep them secret.

He covered his tracks, burnt letters and diaries...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone has the inside track , you mean that they have an advantage, for example special knowledge about something. ( mainly AM or JOURNALISM )

Denver has the inside track among 10 sites being considered...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you keep track of a situation or a person, you make sure that you have the newest and most accurate information about them all the time.

With eleven thousand employees, it’s very difficult to keep track of them all...

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n


If you lose track of someone or something, you no longer know where they are or what is happening.

You become so deeply absorbed in an activity that you lose track of time...

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n


If you make tracks , you leave the place where you are, especially when you are in a hurry. ( INFORMAL )

We’d better make tracks soon, hadn’t we?

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone or something is on track , they are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in success.

It may take some time to get the British economy back on track...

PHRASE : PHR after v , v-link PHR


If you are on the track of someone or something, you are trying to find them, or find information about them.

He was on the track of an escaped criminal...

= on the trail of

PHRASE : PHR n , usu v-link PHR


If you are on the right track , you are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in success. If you are on the wrong track , you are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in failure.

Guests are returning in increasing numbers–a sure sign that we are on the right track...

The country was headed on the wrong track, economically.

PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR after v


If someone or something stops you in your tracks , or if you stop dead in your tracks , you suddenly stop moving because you are very surprised, impressed, or frightened.

The thought almost stopped me dead in my tracks.

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone or something stops a process or activity in its tracks , or if it stops dead in its tracks , they prevent the process or activity from continuing.

U.S. manufacturers may find the export boom stopping dead in its tracks.

PHRASE : V inflects


off the beaten track: see beaten

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.