- 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
- to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing.
Origin of re-trace
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Examples from the Web for retrace
But he did not retrace his steps in order to remonstrate with her severely in the street.The Secret Agent
With what emotions would she trace and retrace her own eventful story!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
I knew it must be near noontime, so I began to retrace my way.
They turned, and with Sim between them Ralph and Rotha began to retrace their steps.The Shadow of a Crime
Yoga Rama repeatedly asked me to trace and retrace all the letters of the name.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
- 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
- (tr) to trace (a map, drawing, etc) again
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Word Origin and History for retrace
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