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English definition of “trace”

trace

verb [T] (FIND)   /treɪs/
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 .
(Definition of trace verb (FIND) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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