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verb [transitive] trace pronunciation in American English /treɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
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 Wisconsin.
  2. 2
    to describe what happened in a long process or series of events
    The book traces the history of the regiment.



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