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trace
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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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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)
  • Harry felt a floating sensation as every thought and worry in his head was wiped gently away, leaving nothing but a vague, untraceable happiness.

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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
  • "I am a faithful servant," said Wormtail, the merest trace of sullenness in his voice.
  • A thin golden line had been traced on the floor, forming a circle ten feet around it in every direction.

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  • "Yeah?" said Ron, and there was no trace of a grin, forced or otherwise, on his face now.
  • "Angelina," said Fred promptly, without a trace of embarrassment.
  • And then she left the cousin’s house to go south and see an aunt…. and she seems to have vanished without trace en route.
  • His mother left upon him the traces other sacrifice…… This is old magic, I should have remembered it, I was foolish to overlook it… but no matter.
  • "That’s what my dad said at the World Cup," said Ron, with a trace of irritation in his voice.
  • Bertha Jorkins has vanished without a trace in the place where Voldemort was certainly known to be last.
  • "Then good luck," said Dumbledore, and he watched, with a trace of apprehension on his face, as Snape swept wordlessly after Sirius.
  • Maybe someone’s hoping Potter is going to die for it," said Moody, with the merest trace of a growl.

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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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