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verb [transitive] trace pronunciation in British English /treɪs/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theytrace
he/she/ittraces
present participletracing
past tensetraced
past participletraced

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  1. 1
    to find someone or something that you are looking for by asking questions and getting information

    Detectives have so far failed to trace the missing woman.

    trace someone to something:

    They finally traced him to a town in Sicily.

    1. a.
      to discover the origin of something or how it developed

      Rita decided to trace her family roots.

      trace something back to something:

      Many phobias can be traced back to childhood experiences.

      trace something to something:

      The bug was traced to milk from a farm in Yorkshire.

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