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trace

verb [T]  us   /treɪs/

trace verb [T] (FIND)

to find someone or something by searching carefully: Police are trying to trace the mother of the abandoned baby. The phone company was unable to trace the call (= find where it came from). To trace something is also to discover its cause or origin: The outbreak of food poisoning was traced to contaminated shellfish. They trace their family back to the early settlers. To trace something is also to describe the way it developed: The movie traces the events leading up to the Russian Revolution.

trace verb [T] (DRAW)

to copy a drawing, pattern, etc. by drawing its lines on a thin piece of paper that is placed over it

trace

noun [C]  us   /treɪs/

trace noun [C] (SLIGHT AMOUNT)

a very slight amount or degree: There was a trace of a smile on his face, She speaks English without the slightest trace of an accent.

trace noun [C] (FIND)

a mark or sign that something happened or existed: They found traces of a lost civilization in the jungle. He vanished without a trace.
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