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as in: trace the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • When she had firmly returned him to his group, he remembered, by a connection quite untraceable, that his mother’s mother had been Scotch, and with head thrown back, eyes closed, wide mouth indicating ecstasy, he sang, very slowly and richly, "Loch Lomond."

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  • Early cat domestication is traced back to China over 5,000 years ago.
  • They traced the illnesses back to a single restaurant.

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unspecified meaning
  • Explain to her that if Wiedenfeldt calls up, she’s to tell him I’m already having the title traced.
  • And oh, b’ the way, remind me to-morrow to have Penniman trace it.

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  • At home he was interested only when he was asked to trace some subtle ill in the ignition system of the car.

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as in: found a trace of Define
a small quantity or indication (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace a picture or outline Define
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: traced a path Define
to follow (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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