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track

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.Pedestrian routes 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.Railways and railway lines

track noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] a type of path or road, often in the shape of a ring, which 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.
See also
Surfaces on which sports take place
B2 [U] US a sport in which people compete with each other by running a race on a specially prepared circular path: a track eventAthletics [U] (also track and field) US for athletics

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 them.Holes, hollows and dips be 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 them or it: The police are on the track of the killer.Pursuing

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.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft

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.Making progress and advancingBecoming better [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.Logic and reason 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.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much

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.
See also
Sound and image recordings
[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.Audio and video equipment

track

verb uk   /træk/ us  

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. Pursuing 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.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value

track verb (MOVE)

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

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.Investment and stock markets
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of track from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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