retrace

[ri-treys]
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verb (used with object), re·traced, re·trac·ing.
  1. to trace backward; go back over: to retrace one's steps.
  2. to go back over with the memory.
  3. to go over again with the sight or attention.
  4. re-trace.

Origin of retrace

1690–1700; < French retracer, Middle French retracier, equivalent to re- re- + tracier to trace1
Related formsre·trace·a·ble, adjectivere·trace·ment, nounnon·re·trace·a·ble, adjective

re-trace

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

Origin of re-trace

First recorded in 1750–60; re- + trace1
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retrace

verb (tr)
  1. to go back over (one's steps, a route, etc) againwe retraced the route we took last summer
  2. to go over (a past event) in the mind; recall
  3. to go over (a story, account, etc) from the beginning
Derived Formsretraceable, adjectiveretracement, noun

re-trace

verb
  1. (tr) to trace (a map, drawing, etc) again
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Word Origin and History for retrace
v.

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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