retrace - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleretracing
past tenseretraced
past participleretraced
  1. 1
    to return along the same path or route that you have just travelled along
    retrace your footsteps/steps:

    We retraced our footsteps through the wood.

    1. a.
      to go along the same path or route that someone else has gone along previously

      The ship will retrace the original route taken by the explorers.

  2. 2
    to discover where someone or something has been and what happened to them there by examining evidence, asking questions etc

    By retracing Heather’s movements we may find some clue to the crime.