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trace
used in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
found a trace of
Definition
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
  • The words shone momentarily on the page and they, too, sank without trace.
    Chapter 13 — The Very Secret Diary (63% in)
trace = any indication left
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There wasn't the faintest trace of writing on any of them, not even Auntie Mabel's birthday, or dentist, half-past three.
    Chapter 13 — The Very Secret Diary (21% in)
  • Harry sat on his four-poster and flicked through the blank pages, not one of which had a trace of scarlet ink on it.
    Chapter 13 — The Very Secret Diary (62% in)

There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets.

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2  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
Definition
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
  • "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 —"
    Chapter 11 — The Dueling Club (81% in)
trace = find something through investigation
  • 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....
    Chapter 18 — Doby's Reward (68% in)

There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets.

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3  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
Definition
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern
This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
copying the outline of an image
  • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
  • "She projected the image onto the wall, hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil
draw an outline or a specific pattern
  • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
  • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw
  • 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
    Chapter 17 — The Heir of Slytherin (38% in)
trace = draw specific patterns
There are no more uses of "trace" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets.

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