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verb [transitive] retrace pronunciation in American English /ˌriˈtreɪs/
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he/she/itretraces
present participleretracing
past tenseretraced
past participleretraced
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  1. 1
    to return along the same path or route that you have just traveled 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.

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