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verb (used with object), re-traced, re-trac·ing.
  1. to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing.
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Also retrace.

Origin of re-trace

First recorded in 1750–60; re- + trace1
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Historical Examples

  • So we must now march to meet him, and without losing an hour he must re-trace his steps toward Yunnan with his precious charge.

    The Daughter of Heaven

    Judith Gautier

  • Dick had only time to draw the poor woman on one side, when he was compelled, with his companions, rapidly to re-trace his steps.

    Charley Laurel

    W. H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for re-trace


  1. (tr) to trace (a map, drawing, etc) again
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