\ 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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Other Words from track


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 Cabot has had a BMX track, which is part of the parks system, for years. Sam Pierce, Arkansas Online, "New mountain bike trail planned for Cabot," 2 Dec. 2019 The shooting took place on a busy commercial block of Canal Street that has streetcar tracks and is near many hotels., "11 people injured in shooting near French Quarter in New Orleans, police say," 1 Dec. 2019 So think about that ... 500 to 1,000 miles on a five-day track. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane season 2019 ends: Another lucky year for the Alabama coast," 30 Nov. 2019 The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, launched the new package which runs to a whopping 65 tracks (including 35 previously unreleased works) and nearly 6 hours. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Prince's '1999 Super Deluxe Edition' Is Here: Stream It Now," 29 Nov. 2019 Just talk to me Voice commands will probably find widespread adoption well before touch-sensitive seat cushions interpret our finger doodles as an instruction to change the cabin temperature or play a different track. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Is it time to turn away from touchscreens in our cars?," 26 Nov. 2019 On a parallel track of Brittany Bowlen’s planned return to the Broncos have been multiple legal battles involving the trustees. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Brittany Bowlen rejoins the Broncos organization," 25 Nov. 2019 The goal was to get them on a track that leads to calculus, starting with algebra 1 in seventh grade. Leslie Postal,, "Orange schools fall short of goal for more minority students to take calculus," 23 Nov. 2019 Making his own music A new era of successful original music arrived when Indiana producer Brent Lindsay invited Young to sing on a demo track being prepared to submit to R&B star Maxwell. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis R&B singer Andrew Young attracts fans in countries where he's never performed," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Responsible for auditing government operations and tracking tourist-tax receipts, the comptroller’s budget was $21 million last year, including about $5.2 million from the general fund. Stephen Hudak,, "Comptroller Phil Diamond gives back $6.2 million to Orange County," 18 Nov. 2019 The annual report tracks search, social media, sales, and news, ranking designers, brands, and fashion-world stars for a snapshot of the year’s biggest trends. Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Is the Most Influential Man in Fashion," 18 Nov. 2019 The Senate confirmed Nardini by one of the highest vote totals given to a Trump appellate nominee, according to Carl Tobias, who tracks federal judicial appointments at the University of Richmond School of Law. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Senate confirms William Nardini’s appointment to U.S. Court of Appeals by wide margin," 7 Nov. 2019 Though they are considered to be different species, Archer believes the fossils track the same animal through time as random genetic variation changes it slightly. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "To save a species on the brink, look to where its ancestors thrived," 6 Nov. 2019 Although such a move is far from certain, any tariffs are likely to hurt U.S. patients in particular, according to one analyst tracking the developments. Ed Silverman, STAT, "If Trump were to place tariffs on Swiss drugs, U.S. patients are most likely to get hurt," 6 Nov. 2019 At first, the way home tracked the course of the Clearwater River, Lewis and Clark’s old route westward, the road a hash of aggressive logging trucks and middle-aged men barely in control of their Harleys. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 Data that tracks slow waves during sleep might reveal further new insights into the separate effects of slow oscillations and delta waves. Quanta Magazine, "Dueling Brain Waves Anchor or Erase Learning During Sleep," 24 Oct. 2019 Eye-tracking devices—originally developed for military pilots who cannot move their heads while flying—are now being used to help people with disabilities operate computers. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The Designs That Can Change People’s Lives for the Better," 20 Oct. 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Track.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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