\ ˈtrak How to pronounce track (audio) \

Definition of track

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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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Other Words from track


trackless \ ˈtrak-​ləs How to pronounce track (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 Below are track and field leaders for Dallas-area schools. Dallas News, "Track and field leaders (April 27): See which Dallas-area athletes, teams have the best marks this s," 28 Apr. 2021 Spring hashtags: #cincybaseball for baseball, #cincysoftball for softball, #cincylax for lacrosse, #cincypolo for water polo, #cincyvb for boys volleyball, #cincytennis for tennis, #cincytrack for track and field. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Vote: Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school athletes of the week, April 26," 27 Apr. 2021 The changes are effective immediately and include baseball, lacrosse, fastpitch softball, tennis, track and field, and bass fishing events with KHSAA schools. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, "New mask rules announced for KHSAA outdoor sports and activities," 27 Apr. 2021 Biles joins track and field star Allyson Felix, the first athlete to sign a major Athleta deal. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Chloé Zhao makes Oscar history," 26 Apr. 2021 Instead, the Republican lawmaker pointed to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, two trans sprinters from the Connecticut suburbs who competed in girls high school track and field events, prompting a lawsuit. Daniela Altimari,, "A Connecticut court case has set off a flood of bills to limit transgender rights across the nation.," 25 Apr. 2021 The Cathedral High School graduate continued to make track and field history, beating an international field to win the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 19.98 seconds late Friday night in the Oregon Relays at Eugene. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "He did it again: Cathedral High School graduate Cole Hocker runs NCAA's fastest 5,000," 24 Apr. 2021 The San Francisco Section sports season got underway last week with boys and girls tennis, along with track and field. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "Football and basketball make Bay Area spring prep season a free for all," 24 Apr. 2021 The top track and field teams in the area continue to be the Mentor girls and the Brunswick boys. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Tomas Rimac, Evan Jarold leading the way for Brunswick boys: High school track and field top performances for the season," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With White out, Vassell got his second start and Popovich said this would fast-track the rookie’s growth. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Spoelstra gets win No. 600, Heat top Spurs 116-111," 29 Apr. 2021 According to Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center launched to track (hate and violence against Asian and Pacific Islander), incidents captured to date are upwards of 3,700. Simone Morris, Forbes, "Get Motivated To Fight Anti Asian-American Bias," 28 Apr. 2021 The use of drones for targeting purposes will allow the Navy to detect, track, and destroy enemy targets at long distance without exposing friendly ships to enemy sensors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Navy Destroyer Teamed Up With Drones to Hit a Ship 250 Miles Away," 28 Apr. 2021 Don’t ever not be able to read your texts, make a phone call without your phone, track your activity, or walkie talkie someone because your Apple Watch is dead. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Apple Watch Charger Stand," 27 Apr. 2021 An article on Tuesday about an Apple update that allows users to decide whether or not an app can track them, using information from Apple, misstated how the Siri voice assistant previously worked with Apple Music. New York Times, "Corrections: April 28, 2021," 27 Apr. 2021 As these storms gradually track east, so will the warmer air. Jackson Dill And Haley Brink, CNN, "Near record heat fuels severe storms this week," 26 Apr. 2021 While regulators don’t track where marijuana buyers live, several operators said the majority of their revenue comes from out-of-staters on pot pilgrimages, not Bay Staters., "With marijuana legal in New York, and other states close behind, will Mass. dispensaries along state borders survive?," 20 Apr. 2021 Called AirTag, the devices can be affixed to users’ bags or other items to track with their iPhone, similar to a product by Tile Inc. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Apple Unveils Subscription Podcasts, Latest iPad Pro," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈtrak How to pronounce track (audio) \

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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