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English noun: trace

1. trace (quantity) a just detectable amount

SamplesHe speaks French with a trace of an accent.

Synonymshint, suggestion

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)spark

2. trace (communication) an indication that something has been present

SamplesThere wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim.
A tincture of condescension.

Synonymsshadow, tincture, vestige

Broader (hypernym)indicant, indication

Narrower (hyponym)footprint

3. trace (communication) a suggestion of some quality

SamplesThere was a touch of sarcasm in his tone.
He detected a ghost of a smile on her face.

Synonymsghost, touch

Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. trace (artifact) a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image


Broader (hypernym)drawing

5. trace (artifact) either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

Broader (hypernym)line

Part meronymharness

6. trace (communication) a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

Broader (hypernym)mark, print

English verb: trace

1. trace (cognition) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

SamplesWe must follow closely the economic development is Cuba.
Trace the student's progress.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Verb groupfollow, follow, keep abreast, keep an eye on, keep up, observe, watch, watch over

2. trace (contact) make a mark or lines on a surface

SamplesDraw a line.
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand.

Synonymsdelineate, describe, draw, line

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)mark

Narrower (hyponym)circumscribe, circumscribe, construct, inscribe, write

Verb groupdraw, draw

3. trace (motion) to go back over again

SamplesWe retraced the route we took last summer.
Trace your path.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)return

4. trace (motion) pursue or chase relentlessly

SamplesThe hunters traced the deer into the woods.
The detectives hounded the suspect until they found him.

Synonymshound, hunt

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail

Narrower (hyponym)ferret

5. trace (perception) discover traces of

SamplesShe traced the circumstances of her birth.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)detect, discover, find, notice, observe

6. trace (motion) make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

SamplesThe children traced along the edge of the dark forest.
The women traced the pasture.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)continue, go forward, proceed

7. trace (creation) copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

SamplesTrace a design.
Trace a pattern.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)copy, re-create

8. trace (cognition) read with difficulty

SamplesCan you decipher this letter?.
The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read

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