trace1 [treıs] v [T]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(find somebody/something)¦2¦(origins)¦3¦(history/development)¦4¦(copy)¦5¦(with your finger)¦6 trace a call▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: tracier, from Vulgar Latin tractiare 'to pull', from Latin trahere]1.) ¦(FIND SOMEBODY/SOMETHING)¦to find someone or something that has disappeared by searching for them carefully▪ She had given up all hope of tracing her missing daughter.▪ Police are trying to trace a young woman who was seen near the accident.2.) ¦(ORIGINS)¦to find the origins of when something began or where it came fromtrace sth (back) to sth▪ They've traced their ancestry to Scotland.▪ The style of these paintings can be traced back to early medieval influences.3.) ¦(HISTORY/DEVELOPMENT)¦to study or describe the history, development, or progress of something▪ Sondheim's book traces the changing nature of the relationship between men and women.4.) ¦(COPY)¦to copy a drawing, map etc by putting a piece of transparent paper over it and then drawing the lines you can see through the paper5.) ¦(WITH YOUR FINGER)¦to draw real or imaginary lines on the surface of something, usually with your finger or toetrace sth on/in/across▪ Rosie's fingers traced a delicate pattern in the sand.6.) trace a callto find out where a telephone call is coming from by using special electronic equipment▪ His call was traced and half an hour later police arrested him.>traceable adjtrace 2trace2 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(sign of something)¦2¦(small amount)¦3¦(telephone)¦4¦(information recorded)¦5¦(cart/carriage)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Sense: 1-4; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: tracier; TRACE1][Sense: 5; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: trais 'traces', plural of trait 'pull, trace'; TRAIT]1.) ¦(SIGN OF SOMETHING)¦ [U and C]a small sign that shows that someone or something was present or existed▪ There was no trace of anyone having entered the room since then.▪ Petra's lost all trace of her German accent.▪ Officers were unable to find any trace of drugs.disappear/vanish/sink without (a) trace(=disappear completely, without leaving any sign of what happened)▪ The plane vanished without a trace.2.) ¦(SMALL AMOUNT)¦a very small amount of a quality, emotion, substance etc that is difficult to see or noticetrace of▪ I saw the faintest trace of a smile cross Sandra's face.▪ traces of poison3.) ¦(TELEPHONE)¦ technicala search to find out where a telephone call came from, using special electronic equipment▪ The police put a trace on the call.4.) ¦(INFORMATION RECORDED)¦ technicalthe mark or pattern made on a ↑screen or on paper by a machine that is recording an electrical signal▪ This trace shows the heartbeat.5.) ¦(CART/CARRIAGE)¦one of the two pieces of leather, rope etc by which a ↑cart or carriage is fastened to an animal pulling it→kick over the traces at ↑kick1 (19)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.