: to trace (something) again or back: such as
: to go over or along (something, such as a course or path) again often in a reverse direction
- The hikers retraced the path back to the cabin.
- … an expedition that retraced Theodore Roosevelt's route along a Brazilian river …
- —Warren E. Leary
- He found his phone by retracing his steps/footsteps.
: to go over (something) again in memory : recall
- Then she'd retrace memories of her mother, reminiscence, and find enough good things to bring joy back into her life …
- —Katherine Jones
: to discover the origin or early history of (something) by going back over previous steps
- retrace (the origin of) a word to German
: to follow, study, or present (something) in detail or step by step
- But there's also a new exhibition in the city that retraces the roots of the Italian fashion industry.
- —Patrick Boehler
- Let us retrace his argument.
- —José Eduardo González
: to write or draw (something, such as a letter or line) again
: to write or draw directly over and following along (an existing line, letter, etc.)
- children tracing and retracing the alphabet
- The penciled shapes were retraced with black marker.
- The challenge: Connect nine dots, arrayed in three rows of three, using four straight lines without retracing a line or lifting the pen.
- —Adam Piore
a series of easily retraceable steps