See more synonyms on Thesaurus.comverb (used with object), re·traced, re·trac·ing.
- to trace backward; go back over: to retrace one's steps.
- to go back over with the memory.
- to go over again with the sight or attention.
Origin of retrace
1690–1700;Related formsre·trace·a·ble, adjectivere·trace·ment, nounnon·re·trace·a·ble, adjective
< French retracer, Middle French retracier,
equivalent to re- re-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018British Dictionary definitions for retraceable
Derived Formsretraceable, adjectiveretracement, noun
- to go back over (one's steps, a route, etc) againwe retraced the route we took last summer
- to go over (a past event) in the mind; recall
- to go over (a story, account, etc) from the beginning
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Word Origin and History for retraceable
1690s, from French retracer "to trace again," from Middle French retracier, from re- "again" (see re-) + tracier "to trace" (see trace (v.)). Related: Retraced; retracing.
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