(noun, verb)


1. a just detectable amount

- he speaks French with a trace of an accent

Similar word(s): hint, suggestion, tint

Definition categories: quantity

2. an indication that something has been present

- there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim

Similar word(s): shadow, tincture, vestige

Definition categories: communication, indicant, indication

3. a suggestion of some quality

Similar word(s): ghost, touch

Definition categories: communication, proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

Similar word(s): tracing

Definition categories: man–made, drawing

5. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

Definition categories: man–made, line

6. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

Definition categories: communication, mark, print

Sentences with trace as a noun:

- Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.

- All of our chocolates may contain traces of nuts.


1. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

- trace the student's progress

- trace one's ancestry

Similar word(s): follow

Definition categories: cognition, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine, study

2. make a mark or lines on a surface

- trace the outline of a figure in the sand

Similar word(s): delineate, describe, draw, line

Definition categories: contact, mark

3. to go back over again

- we retraced the route we took last summer

- trace your path

Similar word(s): retrace

Definition categories: motion, return

4. pursue or chase relentlessly

- The hunters traced the deer into the woods

Similar word(s): hound, hunt

Definition categories: motion, chase, dog, tag, tail, track, trail

5. discover traces of

- She traced the circumstances of her birth

Definition categories: perception, detect, discover, find, notice, observe

6. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

- The children traced along the edge of the dark forest

- The women traced the pasture

Definition categories: motion, continue, proceed

7. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

- trace a design

- trace a pattern

Definition categories: creation, copy

8. read with difficulty

- The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs

Similar word(s): decipher

Definition categories: cognition, read

Sentences with trace as a verb:

- He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.