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trace
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The Fountainhead
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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)
  • But they surrendered when they found themselves on the edge of bankruptcy through a series of untraceable circumstances within a few years.
  • Through a series of untraceable steps he ruined many powerful men: the president of a bank, the head of an insurance company, the owner of a steamship line, and others.

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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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  • He took a sheet of tracing paper, threw it over the plan and began to draw.
  • His mouth, a small upturned crescent faultlessly traced, was gentle and generous, and warm with the faint promise of a smile.

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  • She knew that she wanted to keep the feeling of his body, the traces of his body on hers, knowing also what such a desire implied.
  • Her voice had no trace of apology.
  • The voice coming from the loud-speaker was dry, precise, with the faint trace of a British accent.
  • I hope I shall be forgiven for a trace of the vain child which is in all of us.
  • He would enter the drafting room in the morning, throw a tracing boy’s assignment down on Roark’s table and say: "Howard, do this up for me, will you?—and make it fast."
  • Keating found no trace of that joyous admiration with which she had always spoken of Toohey, which he had expected to see her display in his presence.
  • She saw his mouth and the silent contempt in the shape of his mouth; the planes of his gaunt, hollow cheeks; the cold, pure brilliance of the eyes that had no trace of pity.
  • He spoke coldly; his face looked flat; his eyes had no trace of kindness.

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  • My wife, he thought for the first time, without a trace of respect in the word.
  • She moved her hand, tracing a spiral on the arm of the davenport, to convince herself that she could.
  • Roark sat down beside him; Roark’s face was sober, but the trace of a smile remained, amused and watchful, as if every word he heard were not a disclosure but a confirmation.

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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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