1. [ verb ] follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
Synonyms: follow

"We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" "trace the student's progress"

Related terms: analyze watch keep_up
2. [ noun ] a just detectable amount
Synonyms: suggestion hint

"he speaks French with a trace of an accent"

Related terms: small_indefinite_quantity spark
3. [ verb ] make a mark or lines on a surface
Synonyms: draw describe delineate outline line

"draw a line" "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

Related terms: mark write construct circumscribe circumscribe inscribe draw draw line tracing drawing outline tracing depiction tracer
4. [ verb ] to go back over again, as of a route or steps
Synonyms: retrace

"we retraced the route we took last summer"

Related terms: return
5. [ verb ] pursue or chase relentlessly
Synonyms: hunt hound

"The hunters traced the deer into the woods" "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him"

Related terms: chase ferret hunt hound
6. [ noun ] an indication that something has been present
Synonyms: shadow vestige tincture

"there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim" "a tincture of condescension"

Related terms: indication clue footprint
7. [ noun ] a suggestion of some quality
Synonyms: touch ghost

"there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone" "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

Related terms: suggestion
8. [ noun ] either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
Related terms: line harness
9. [ noun ] (fine art) drawing created by tracing
Synonyms: tracing
Related terms: drawing
10. [ verb ] make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

"The children traced along the edge of the drak forest" "The women traced the pasture"

Related terms: proceed
11. [ noun ] a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
Related terms: mark
12. [ verb ] (writing) read with difficulty
Synonyms: decode decrypt decipher

"Can you decipher this letter?" "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs"

Related terms: encode read rewrite decoding
13. [ verb ] discover traces of

"She traced the circumstances of her birth"

Related terms: detect
14. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 25962
15. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: copy tracing
Similar spelling:   Tracey