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noun uk   /træk/ us  

track noun (PATH)

B1 [C] a path or rough road that is made of soil rather than having a surface covered with stone or other material: The house is at the end of a dirt/an unmade track.C1 [C or U] the pair of long metal bars fixed on the ground at an equal distance from each other, along which trains travel: a ten-mile stretch of track Passengers are requested not to walk across the tracks.
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track noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] a type of path or road, often in the shape of a ring, that has been specially designed and built for sports events, especially racing: an all-weather track a dog/horse track The runners are now on their final lap of the track.
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B2 [U] US a sport in which people compete with each other by running a race on a specially prepared circular path: a track event [U] US ( also track and field, UK athletics) the general name for a particular group of sports in which people compete, including running, jumping, and throwing
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track noun (MARKS)

B2 [C usually plural] a mark or line of marks left on the ground or on another surface by an animal, person, or vehicle that has moved over it, showing the direction they moved in: Police found tyre tracks in the mud. The hunters followed the tracks of the deer for hours. The burglars were careful not to leave any tracks behind on the track of sb/sth to be examining marks or pieces of information that show where a person or animal has gone, in order to catch him, her, or it: The police are on the track of the killer.
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track noun (DIRECTION)

[C] the direction that something has taken or will take through the air: People living in the track of the hurricane have been advised to leave their homes until it has passed.

track noun (DEVELOPMENT)

C2 [C or U] the direction in which someone's job or education develops: She was a lawyer, but then she changed track completely and became a doctor. [C usually singular] the way in which a thought or idea has developed or might develop: I found it difficult to follow the track of his argument.get off the track to start talking about something that is not part of what you should be talking about: I think we're getting off the track here - we're supposed to be discussing our advertising campaign.

track noun (STUDENTS)

US ( UK stream) a group of school students with similar ability who are approximately the same age and are taught together: I'm in the A track for maths, and the B track for English. the top/bottom track

track noun (MUSIC)

B2 [C] one of several songs or pieces of music on a CD or other musical recording: The album includes four previously unreleased tracks.
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[C] a part of a magnetic strip onto which sound can be recorded, with several tracks on one magnetic strip: When a piece of music is recorded, each instrument is recorded separately on a 24 or 48–track tape.
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track verb (FOLLOW)

C2 [T] to follow a person or animal by looking for proof that they have been somewhere, or by using electronic equipment: It's difficult to track an animal over stony ground. The military use radar satellites to track targets through clouds and at night. The terrorists were tracked to (= found in) Amsterdam. C2 [T] to record the progress or development of something over a period: The study tracked the careers of 1,226 doctors who trained at the Medical School.
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track verb (MOVE)

[I] If a film or video camera tracks in a particular direction, it moves along while it is filming: The movie ends with a long tracking shot around the deserted house. [I] specialized media If a moving part of a recording machine tracks, it gets into the correct position for operating: Our VCR tracks automatically.

track verb (FINANCE)

[T] to follow the level of an interest rate, share price, etc.: The mortgage deal will track the Bank of England base rate plus 0.75 percent. Tony is putting £500 a month into a a savings account that tracks the FTSE All-Share index.

track verb (STUDENTS)

[T] US ( UK track) to group and teach together school students with similar abilities who are approximately the same age: We start to track the children in the third form.
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