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pronunciation:
treIs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a visible mark or evidence of a past event or of something having been present.
The teenagers tried to remove all traces of the party.Traces of a fire could be seen in the fireplace.They searched for any traces of dinosaurs having lived in the region.
synonyms:
evidence, indication, remnant, sign, vestige
similar words:
ghost, lead, mark, record, remains, semblance, track, trail
definition 2: an extremely small or negligible amount of something.
There was still a trace of lipstick on the glass.Analysis of the water sample showed traces of mercury.There was only a trace of snow, and the skiing had to be called off.
synonyms:
hint, shade, soupçon, suggestion, tincture, tinge, touch
similar words:
bit, crumb, dash, glimmer, grain, jot, kiss, little, modicum, note, particle, pinch, remnant, shadow, shred, smack, smidgen, suspicion, whisper
definition 3: a track left by an animal or person.
The hound followed the trace made by the fox.
synonyms:
track, trail
similar words:
footprints, mark, spoor
definition 4: a sketch or drawing.
synonyms:
drawing, outline, sketch
similar words:
tracing
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: traced, traces, tracing
definition 1: to follow the track or trail of.
We traced the footprints back to the cabin.
synonyms:
track, trail
similar words:
chase, follow, hunt, tail
definition 2: to discover through investigation.
The police were able to trace the missing child.
synonyms:
find, search out
similar words:
detect, discover, ferret out, hunt down, unearth
definition 3: to follow the history or development of through various stages.
She traced her family tree through three centuries.
similar words:
explore, follow, investigate, research
definition 4: to outline; draw; sketch.
synonyms:
draw, outline, sketch
similar words:
delineate, depict, portray, represent
definition 5: to duplicate by following the lines on an original as seen through a sheet of transparent paper.
The child couldn't draw a lion herself, so she found a picture of one and traced it.
similar words:
copy, draw, duplicate, reproduce
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make one's way by following a path or track.
synonyms:
track
similar words:
advance, course, progress, walk
definition 2: to go back in time; have origins.
synonyms:
derive
similar words:
arise, date, descend, originate, stem
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derivations: traceable (adj.), traceless (adj.), tracelessly (adv.), traceability (n.)
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