[ ri-treys ]
/ rɪˈtreɪs /

verb (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; < French retracer, Middle French retracier, equivalent to re- re- + tracier to trace1

Related forms

re·trace·a·ble, adjectivere·trace·ment, nounnon·re·trace·a·ble, adjective

Definition for retrace (2 of 2)


[ ree-treys ]
/ riˈtreɪs /

verb (used with object), re-traced, re-trac·ing.

to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing.
Also retrace.

Origin of re-trace

First recorded in 1750–60; re- + trace1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retrace (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈtreɪs) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

retraceable, adjectiveretracement, noun

British Dictionary definitions for retrace (2 of 2)


/ (riːˈtreɪs) /


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