|1.||[ verb ] follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something|
"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|
"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|
"we retraced the route we took last summer"
|5.||[ verb ] pursue or chase relentlessly|
"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|
"there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone" "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
|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|
|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"
|11.||[ noun ] a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle|
|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"
|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|