(can) trace one's history (back) to

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Definition of (can) trace one's history (back) to

: to have existed since
  • The school traces its history (back) to the early 19th century.

Word by Word Definitions

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

trace play
  1. : a minute and often barely detectable amount or indication

  2. : an amount of a chemical constituent not always quantitatively determinable because of minuteness

  3. : a mark or line left by something that has passed

  1. : delineate, sketch

  2. : to form (letters, figures, etc.) carefully or painstakingly

  3. : to copy (something, such as a drawing) by following the lines or letters as seen through a transparent superimposed sheet

  1. : either of two straps, chains, or lines of a harness for attaching a draft animal to something (such as a vehicle) to be drawn

  2. : leader

  3. : one or more vascular bundles supplying a leaf or twig

history play
  1. : tale, story

  2. : a chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes

  3. : a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena (as of geography, animals, or plants)

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for


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