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noun     trace pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  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 trace:

    She was seen leaving the house, then vanished without trace.

  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.

  3. 3
    [countable] a process for finding the origin of something, for example who made a telephone call or what has caused a problem
  4. 4
    [countable] a pattern that a machine makes on a screen or piece of paper when it is recording an electrical signal


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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