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English definition of “trace”

trace

verb [T]
 
 
/treɪs/
FIND to find someone or something that was lost: Police have so far failed to trace the missing woman.Pursuing
ORIGIN to find the origin of something: She's traced her family back to the sixteenth century. They were able to trace the call (= find out the number of the telephone used).Finding and discovering
DEVELOPMENT to describe the way something has developed over time: The book traces the development of women's art since the start of the century.Describing and telling stories
COPY to copy a picture by putting transparent paper on top and following the outer line of the picture with a pen: tracing paperPainting, drawing and printing
(Definition of trace verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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