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trace — as in:  found a trace of

There was not a trace of the defendant’s DNA at the crime scene.
a small quantity or indication

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trace — as in:  trace the origin or development

Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
to find, search, research, or keep track of

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trace — as in:  trace a picture or outline

She used her finger to trace a rout on the map.
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

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trace — as in:  traced a path

The followed a path that traces along the edges of a dark forest.
to follow

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