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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trace, retrace(verb)

    to go back over again

    "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path"

  2. reconstruct, construct, retrace(verb)

    reassemble mentally

    "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"


  1. retrace(Noun)

    The period when the beam of the cathode-ray tube returns to its initial horizontal position in order to start the next line of the display.

  2. retrace(Verb)

    To trace again; to go back over something, usually in an attempt of rediscovery.

    He retraced his steps, and found his keys where he had dropped them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrace(verb)

    to trace back, as a line

  2. Retrace(verb)

    to go back, in or over (a previous course); to go over again in a reverse direction; as, to retrace one's steps; to retrace one's proceedings

  3. Retrace(verb)

    to trace over again, or renew the outline of, as a drawing; to draw again

  4. Origin: [Pref. re- + trace: cf. F. retracer. Cf. Retract.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retrace

    rē-trās′, v.t. to trace back: to go back by the same course: to renew the outline of: to repeat.—adj. Retrace′able.


  1. Retrace

    Retrace is the best way to remember and organize everything about the meetings you've had, ultimately helping you become a more productive person.It’s a mobile app that puts your notes, photos, follow-up tasks, and contact information in the context of a meeting. Now, you go to one place to remember everything.

Anagrams for retrace »

  1. terrace

  2. caterer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrace in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of retrace in a Sentence

  1. Goldman Sachs:

    We ... forecast prices will retrace to their lows by October.

  2. Hilary Graves:

    I would like to not have to retrace my family's footsteps back to Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  3. Virgil:

    It is easy to go down into hell night and day, the gates of dark death stand wide, but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air - there's the rub, the task.

  4. Virgil:

    The descent to hell is easy, the black gates stand open night and day, but to climb back up again to retrace ones steps to the upper air there in lies the laborious task, the toil.

  5. André Breton:

    Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.

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