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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trace, retraceverb

    to go back over again

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

  2. reconstruct, construct, retraceverb

    reassemble mentally

    "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"


  1. retracenoun

    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. retraceverb

    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. Retraceverb

    to trace back, as a line

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

  2. Retraceverb

    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

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

  3. Retraceverb

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

    Etymology: [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

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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. Hilary Graves:

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

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Virgil:

    Oh you who are born of the blood of the gods, Trojan son of Anchises. Easy is the descent to hell the door of dark Dis stands open day and night. But to retrace your steps and come out to the air above, that is work; that is labor.

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    the highest point (of something)
    • A. investigating
    • B. ransom
    • C. apex
    • D. rapture

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