[ 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 formsre·trace·a·ble, adjectivere·trace·ment, nounnon·re·trace·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for retraceable


/ (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 Formsretraceable, adjectiveretracement, noun
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper