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trace
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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets
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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)
  • "I might tell you that you can trace my family back through nine generations of witches and warlocks and my blood’s as pure as anyone’s, so —"
  • If any more of them find their way into innocent hands, I think Arthur Weasley, for one, will make sure they are traced back to you....

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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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as in: found a trace of Define
a small quantity or indication (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • The words shone momentarily on the page and they, too, sank without trace.
  • There wasn’t the faintest trace of writing on any of them, not even Auntie Mabel’s birthday, or dentist, half-past three.

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  • Harry sat on his four-poster and flicked through the blank pages, not one of which had a trace of scarlet ink on it.

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  • There was not a trace of the defendant’s DNA at the crime scene.
  • The study found traces of cocaine on most $20 bills used in large cities of the United States and Canada.

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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)
  • He pulled Harry’s wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves: I AM LORD VOLDEMORT

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  • She used her finger to trace a rout on the map.
  • She used a stick to trace a mysterious symbol on the sand.

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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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