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re·trace

 (rē-trās′)
tr.v. re·traced, re·trac·ing, re·trac·es
To trace again or back: retraced their steps.

re·trace′a·ble adj.
re·trace′ment n.
re·trac′er n.
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retrace

(rɪˈtreɪs)
vb (tr)
1. to go back over (one's steps, a route, etc) again: we retraced the route we took last summer.
2. to go over (a past event) in the mind; recall
3. to go over (a story, account, etc) from the beginning
reˈtraceable adj
reˈtracement n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

re-trace

(riˈtreɪs)

v.t. -traced, -trac•ing.
to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing.
[1750–60]

re•trace

(rɪˈtreɪs)

v.t. -traced, -trac•ing.
1. to trace backward; go back over: to retrace one's steps.
2. to go back over with the memory.
3. to go over again with the sight or attention.
[1690–1700; < French retracer, Middle French retracier=re- re- + tracier to trace1]
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retrace


Past participle: retraced
Gerund: retracing

Imperative
retrace
retrace
Present
I retrace
you retrace
he/she/it retraces
we retrace
you retrace
they retrace
Preterite
I retraced
you retraced
he/she/it retraced
we retraced
you retraced
they retraced
Present Continuous
I am retracing
you are retracing
he/she/it is retracing
we are retracing
you are retracing
they are retracing
Present Perfect
I have retraced
you have retraced
he/she/it has retraced
we have retraced
you have retraced
they have retraced
Past Continuous
I was retracing
you were retracing
he/she/it was retracing
we were retracing
you were retracing
they were retracing
Past Perfect
I had retraced
you had retraced
he/she/it had retraced
we had retraced
you had retraced
they had retraced
Future
I will retrace
you will retrace
he/she/it will retrace
we will retrace
you will retrace
they will retrace
Future Perfect
I will have retraced
you will have retraced
he/she/it will have retraced
we will have retraced
you will have retraced
they will have retraced
Future Continuous
I will be retracing
you will be retracing
he/she/it will be retracing
we will be retracing
you will be retracing
they will be retracing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retracing
you have been retracing
he/she/it has been retracing
we have been retracing
you have been retracing
they have been retracing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retracing
you will have been retracing
he/she/it will have been retracing
we will have been retracing
you will have been retracing
they will have been retracing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retracing
you had been retracing
he/she/it had been retracing
we had been retracing
you had been retracing
they had been retracing
Conditional
I would retrace
you would retrace
he/she/it would retrace
we would retrace
you would retrace
they would retrace
Past Conditional
I would have retraced
you would have retraced
he/she/it would have retraced
we would have retraced
you would have retraced
they would have retraced
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.retrace - to go back over againretrace - to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path"
return - go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
2.retrace - reassemble mentally; "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"
hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, conjecture, theorise, theorize, hypothecate, suppose - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
etymologise, etymologize - construct the history of words
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
vrátit sevrátit se stejnou cestou
gå samme vej tilbage
palata takaisin samaa reittiä
vratiti se istim putem
visszamegy
rekja til baka
たどりなおす
되돌아가다
grįžti atgal
griezties atpakaļ
spåra tillbaka
ย้อนรอยเดิม
geldiği yoldan geri gitmekiz sürmek
thoái lui

retrace

[riːˈtreɪs] VT [+ path] → desandar; [+ sb's journey etc] → seguir las huellas de; (in memory) → recordar, ir recordando, rememorar
to retrace one's steps (lit, fig) → desandar lo andado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

retrace

[rɪˈtreɪs] vt [+ developments, sb's movements] → reconstituer; [+ route, journey, path] → reconstituer
to retrace one's steps (lit)revenir sur ses pas
I retraced my steps → Je suis revenu sur mes pas. (fig)
So, let's retrace our steps → Alors, récapitulons.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

retrace

vt past, argumentationzurückverfolgen; development alsonachgehen (+dat), → nachvollziehen; to retrace one’s path or stepsdenselben Weg zurückgehen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

retrace

[rɪˈtreɪs] vtripercorrere; (recall) → ricostruire
to retrace one's steps → (ri)tornare sui propri passi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

retrace

(riˈtreis) verb
to go back along (a path etc) one has just come along. She lost her keys somewhere on the way to the station, and had to retrace her steps/journey until she found them.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

retrace

يَعُودُ مِنْ حَيْثُ أَتَى vrátit se stejnou cestou gå samme vej tilbage zurückverfolgen ακολουθώ ίχνη desandar palata takaisin samaa reittiä retracer vratiti se istim putem ripercorrere たどりなおす 되돌아가다 herleiden gå tilbake samme vei odtworzyć przeszłość refazer o mesmo caminho, voltar pelo mesmo caminho возвращаться по своим следам spåra tillbaka ย้อนรอยเดิม iz sürmek thoái lui 折回
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in classic literature ?
The idea of retracing his steps was intolerable, and, notwithstanding all the discouraging accounts of the ruggedness of the mountains lower down the river, he would have been disposed to attempt them, but the depth of the snow with which they were covered deterred him; having already experienced the impossibility of forcing his way against such an impediment.
Retracing their steps, and falling back upon the river, they consulted where to make another attempt.
He soon regained the spot where he and his companions [companion] had thrown off their coats, which were now gladly resumed, and, retracing their course down the peak, they safely rejoined their companions on the border of the lake.
By this means we were saved tedious and unnecessary retracing of ways already explored.
Retracing the course of Catherine Linton, I fear we have no right to think she is; but we'll leave her with her Maker.
We did this by retracing our steps and agreeing to start over again.
Falana advised the Ibadan group of the lawmakers to see reason and to the honourable path of peace by retracing their footsteps as it is obvious that they have failed in their bid to oust the legitimate and legally recognised speaker.
On retracing my steps I remembered placing a used coffee cup in the litter bin at the foot of the Castle and thought I may have inadvertently posted my purse at the same time.
RSPCA Cymru has been unable to reunite the foal with his mother as there is no way of retracing where he came from due to the distance travelled.
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