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noun trace pronunciation in American English /treɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a slight sign that someone has been present or that something has happened
    The intruders were careful not to leave any trace behind them.
    trace of: All traces of the damage had vanished.
    disappear/vanish without a trace: She was seen leaving the house, then vanished without trace.
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  2. 2
    [countable] a very small amount of a substance, especially when it is too small to see clearly or measure accurately
    trace of: Traces of blood were found in the bathroom.
    1. a.
      a slight sign of an emotion
      trace of: There was a trace of anxiety in her voice.
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