\ ˈtrak How to pronounce track (audio) \

Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a footprint whether recent or fossil the huge track of a dinosaur
2a : detectable evidence (such as the wake of a ship, a line of footprints, or a wheel rut) that something has passed
b : a path made by or as if by repeated footfalls : trail
c : a course laid out especially for racing
d : the parallel rails of a railroad
e(1) : material recorded especially on or as if on a track instrumental tracks a bonus commentary track on a DVD
(2) : one of a series of parallel or concentric paths along which material (such as music or information) is recorded (as on a phonograph record or magnetic tape)
(3) : a group of grooves on a phonograph record containing recorded sound
f : a usually metal way (such as a groove) serving as a guide (as for a movable lighting fixture)
3a : a sequence of events : a train of ideas : succession
b : an awareness of a fact, progression, or condition keep track of the costs lose track of the time
4 : track-and-field sports especially : those performed on a running track
5a : the course along which something moves or progresses
b : a way of life, conduct, or action
c : one of several curricula of study to which students are assigned according to their needs or levels of ability
d : the projection on the earth's surface of the path along which something (such as a missile or an airplane) has flown
6a : the width of a wheeled vehicle from wheel to wheel and usually from the outside of the rims
b : the tread of an automobile tire
c : either of two endless belts on which a tracklaying vehicle travels
in one's tracks
: where one stands or is at the moment : on the spot was stopped in his tracks
on track
: achieving or doing what is necessary or expected


tracked; tracking; tracks

Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to follow the tracks or traces of : trail
b : to search for by following evidence until found track down the source
2a : to follow by vestiges : trace
b : to observe or plot the moving path of (something, such as a spacecraft or missile) often instrumentally
3a : to carry (mud or other material) on the feet and deposit tracking mud into the kitchen
b : to make tracks upon
4 : to keep track of (something, such as a trend) : follow
5 : to travel over : traverse track a desert

intransitive verb

1 : travel a comet tracking eastward
2a of a pair of wheels
(1) : to maintain a constant distance apart on the straightaway
(2) : to fit a track or rails
b of a rear wheel of a vehicle : to follow accurately the corresponding fore wheel on a straightaway
c of a phonograph needle : to follow the groove undulations of a recording
3 : to leave tracks (as on a floor)

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trackless \ ˈtrak-​ləs How to pronounce trackless (audio) \ adjective


tracker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for track

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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trace, vestige, track mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect. the killer left no traces vestige applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age track implies a continuous line that can be followed. the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs

Examples of track in a Sentence

Noun Follow the track into the forest. The train to Chicago will leave track 3. Verb He tracked the deer for a mile. The detectives tracked the killer to Arizona. The ship can track incoming missiles with radar. Meteorologists are tracking the storm. The study tracked the patients over the course of five years. The squadron will track north by northeast for 40 miles.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The unemployment rate has never gone above 10.8 percent in the many years the government has been keeping track. Rachel Desantis,, "1 in 5 Workers in the U.S. Have Filed for Unemployment Over Last Few Months as Claims Top 33M," 7 May 2020 Notice that there’s a lot more to keep track of here. Quanta Magazine, "To Win This Numbers Game, Learn to Avoid Math Patterns," 7 May 2020 The process is simple: State and local health departments keep track of who has received a test in their region and then provide the information to dispatch centers. Kimberlee Kruesi, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern," 20 May 2020 Bullet journals help you keep track of the past, stay organized in the present, and prepare for the future. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Bullet Journaling Is a Great Way to Stay Organized — Here's How to Start," 17 May 2020 Meanwhile, factory production fell 11.2%, the largest monthly drop since the Federal Reserve began keeping track over 100 years ago. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Murky prospects for further pandemic relief as economy suffers record hits to output and retail sales," 16 May 2020 Substantial new investments are needed to build the necessary workforce to do that — perhaps 100,000 or more — for keeping track of new Covid-19 cases and their contacts and shepherding them into quarantine. David Blumenthal, STAT, "Contact tracing must balance privacy and public health," 15 May 2020 That's what your few days of keeping track accomplished. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: Hot sauce," 15 May 2020 Fortune is here to help you keep track of new releases as well as the occasional older title worth checking out. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more this weekend," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the latest national forecasting models, tracked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is projected to experience a . Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "Live updates: House passes $3 trillion relief package; Texas supreme court halts voting by mail amid coronavirus pandemic," 16 May 2020 As those reopening plans continue, the 12 forecasting models tracked by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are predicting an increase in deaths in the coming weeks that could bring the nationwide death toll to 100,000 by June 1. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Mass gatherings are making their way back into US life but may not look the way we remember," 16 May 2020 Spending tracked by Opportunity Insights suggests that consumer spending might have bottomed out around mid-April before beginning to tick up slightly, at least in the clothing and general merchandise categories. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "Retails sales plunge by record 16% in April as COVID-19 hit sales of clothes and furniture extra hard," 15 May 2020 Spending tracked by Opportunity Insights suggests that consumer spending might have bottomed out around mid-April before beginning to tick up slightly, at least in the clothing and general merchandise categories. Time, "U.S. Retail Sales Plunged a Record 16% in April As Coronavirus Swept the Country," 15 May 2020 Only three out of 11,574 travelers from China and Iran tracked by public health departments in February and March later reported as positive COVID-19 cases, the report read. Mallory Moench,, "California’s coronavirus screening of nearly 12,000 travelers was ineffective, CDC report finds," 11 May 2020 Along with Princess, Holland America Line has been at the center of international crises tracked round-the-clock by the news media. Jonathan Levin, Fortune, "Would you book a cruise for $28 a night? Carnival bets on budget travelers for planned August 1 restart," 4 May 2020 Douglas has earned at least $381,000 for her work with McSally in various capacities throughout the years, according to figures tracked by the Federal Election Commission and the website Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "McSally ad features health care testimonial from her former aide, doesn't disclose ties," 30 Apr. 2020 Oxford University researchers have suggested that 60 percent of a country’s population would need to use a coronavirus-tracking app like this to stop the viral spread. Craig Timberg,, "Most Americans are not willing or able to use an app tracking coronavirus infections," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of track


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for track


Middle English trak, from Middle French trac

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The first known use of track was in the 15th century

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22 May 2020

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“Track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark left on the ground by a moving animal, person, or vehicle
: a path or trail that is made by people or animals walking through a field, forest, etc.
: a pair of metal bars that a train, trolley, or subway car rides along



English Language Learners Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

: to follow and try to find (an animal) by looking for its tracks and other signs that show where it has gone
: to follow and find (someone or something) especially by looking at evidence
: to follow or watch the path of (something)


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Kids Definition of track

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark left by something that has gone by rabbit tracks
3 : the rails of a railroad
4 : a course laid out for racing
5 : awareness of things or of the order in which things happen or ideas come I've lost track of the time. Keep track of your expenses.
6 : either of two endless metal belts on which a vehicle (as a tank) travels
7 : track-and-field sports


tracked; tracking

Kids Definition of track (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to follow the marks or traces of : to search for someone or something
2 : to bring indoors on the bottom of the shoes, feet, or paws Don't track mud into the house.

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