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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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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)
  • The letter was an incredible treasure, proof that Lily Potter had lived, really lived, that her warm hand had once moved across this parchment, tracing ink into these letters, these words, words about him, Harry, her son.

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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)
  • The sky was now tinged with the faintest trace of pink.
  • Harry did not want to enter the village like a pantomime horse, trying to keep themselves concealed while magically covering their traces.

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  • Ron looked toward him, and Harry thought he saw a trace of scarlet in his eyes.
  • "But then… do you mean…" said Hermione slowly, and Harry could tell that she was trying to keep any trace of skepticism out of her voice, "that you believe these objects — these Hallows — really exist?"
  • Nobody’s ever found a trace of it, have they?
  • An object that had been lost this long, and apparently without trace, did not seem like a good candidate for the Horcrux hidden in the castle …
  • Harry could not see a trace of Malfoy, Crabbe, or Goyle anywhere.
  • There was the faintest trace of longing in his voice as he looked at the Elder Wand.
  • The last trace of steam evaporated in the autumn air.

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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 the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • "Yes, but we’re still going to have to try and trace the real locket, aren’t we?" said Hermione, "to find out whether or not it’s destroyed."
  • The Elder Wand is the Hallow that is most easily traced, because of the way in which it passes from hand to hand.

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  • Yes, it is perfectly possible to trace the wand’s course through history.
  • Could he know, had he already acted, had he traced more of them?
  • No one had ever known him to be related to the Gaunts, he had hidden the connection, the killings had never been traced to him.

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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)
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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