tracetrace1 /treɪs/ ●●○AWL verb [transitive]1find somebody/somethingFIND to find someone or something that has disappeared by searching for them carefullyShe had given up all hope of tracing her missing daughter.Police are trying to trace a young woman who was seen near the accident.► see thesaurus at find2originsFIND OUT to find the origins of when something began or where it came fromtrace something (back) to somethingThey’ve traced their ancestry to Scotland.The style of these paintings can be traced back to early medieval influences.3history/developmentDESCRIBE to study or describe the history, development, or progress of somethingSondheim’s book traces the changing nature of the relationship between men and women.4copyAVD to copy a drawing, map etc by putting a piece of transparentpaper over it and then drawing the lines you can see through the paper► see thesaurus at draw5with your fingerDRAW to draw real or imaginary lines on the surface of something, usually with your finger or toetrace something on/in/across somethingRosie’s fingers traced a delicate pattern in the sand.6 →trace a call —traceable adjective→ See Verb table
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trace• The other student has not been traced.• Police are trying to trace a redvan, which several witnesses reported seeing near the scene of the crime.• The traditiontraces back to medieval Spain.• Philips hired a privatedetective to trace his daughter, who had been missing for two months.• Their ancestry can be traced in the Reading area as far back as 1240.• "Did you draw this yourself?" "No, I traced it."• It has begun tracing lines, through totally vacantspace, between recurrences.• Once again one can trace some continuities of practice with older forms of representation.• Keep him on the line so we can trace the call.• Students will trace the development of labor unions in the U.S.• Nor is the manner in which Mumford traces the historicalroots of this development much different from that of Wittfogel.• The children traced the map of France and then wrote in the names of the places they had visited.• Police are still trying to trace the missing child.• It takes a bit of detective work to trace the symptom back to the cause.• The cash was eventually traced to a prominent Paris lawyer.trace something (back) to something• Three hundred workpeople trampling about and regularcleaningmeanstraces are going to be destroyed long ago, I would have thought.• The success of the company can be traced to good marketing.• At least 80% greenpatinaremains with enough traces of gilt to show that the overall effect was golden.• If today such spending amounts to roughly two-thirds of all economic activity, we can trace its origin back to the 1920s.• It takes a bit of detective work to trace the symptom back to the cause.• The roots of this new fascination can be traced back to the heart of minimalism.• This effect is traced inpart to the special statusafforded to characters which are introduced through proper names.• Eusebius traces them to the time of the Emperor Trajan, A.D. 98-117.• Some trace their improvement to the unityforged there.trace something on/in/across something• Jen traced her name in the sand.
tracetrace2 ●●○AWL noun1sign of something [countable, uncountable]DISAPPEAR a small sign that shows that someone or something was present or existedThere was no trace of anyone having entered the room since then.Petra’s lost all trace of her German accent.Officers were unable to find any trace of drugs.disappear/vanish/sink without (a) trace (=disappear completely, without leaving any sign of what happened)The plane vanished without a trace.2small amount [countable]LITTLE/NOT MUCH a very small amount of a quality, emotion, substance etc that is difficult to see or noticetrace ofI saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra’s face.traces of poison3telephone [countable] technicalTCT a search to find out where a telephone call came from, using special electronicequipmentThe police put a trace on the call.4information recorded [countable]TEEMH technical the mark or pattern made on a screen or on paper by a machine that is recording an electricalsignalThis trace shows the heartbeat.5cart/carriage [countable]TTB one of the two pieces of leather, rope etc by which a cart or carriage is fastened to an animal pulling it → kick over the tracesat kick1(19)