\ 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

imprint, trace, trail

Synonyms: Verb

bird-dog, chase, course, dog, follow, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, trail

Antonyms: Verb

guide, lead, pilot

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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


Follow the track into the forest. The train to Chicago will leave track 3.


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

Hurdler Bias signs with New Orleans Morton Ranch graduate Terricka Bias signed a track and field scholarship with the University of New Orleans earlier this month, extending her student-athlete career. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD swimmers earn NISCA All-American status," 15 July 2019 To be able to come back to a local track and so many local fans here watching tonight. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Pressure? What pressure? Mr. Money avoids loose horse to win Indiana Derby," 14 July 2019 The new law authorizes the creation of sportsbooks at all of the state’s casinos, horse tracks and sports venues that seat at least 17,000 people. Dan Petrella,, "Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.," 13 July 2019 Isaiah Oliver played flag football, before attending to Brophy Prep and became an All-Arizona defensive back and a decathlete in track and field during his last year (2014-15) in high school. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Atlanta Falcons DB Isaiah Oliver returns to Brophy Prep to give back to kids," 12 July 2019 That’s another sign of hard times at Boeing—earlier this week, reports said Airbus is on track to replace it as the world’s top plane maker. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Accenture’s New CEO Takes On Digital Disruption, and Diversity: CEO Daily," 12 July 2019 For the shorter tracks and road courses, NASCAR restricts air to 750 horsepower with no aero ducts. Bob Pockrass, USA TODAY, "NASCAR says 'eye test' and statistics prove 2019 package has elevated on-track passing," 11 July 2019 The other scholarship winners were Stow’s Jacqueline Smith in archery, Dedham’s Alondra Msallem in track and field, and Wenham’s Ella Stanwood in figure skating. Scott Souza,, "Summertime, and the games are evolving," 10 July 2019 Jones also won the long-jump and triple-jump championships twice apiece at the AHSAA Class 6A state outdoor track and field meet and the Class 6A high-jump title at the 2007 state indoor championships. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Julio Jones ‘not trying to hold out’ with Falcons’ training camp approaching," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Google and Facebook track your every move on their sites. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Alexa may be key to Amazon’s looming domination of the healthcare market," 16 July 2019 Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of California San Francisco, and Boston College tracked 6,836 American women born between 1935 and 1956 across about 20 years. Hannah Natanson,, "Women who work for a salary see slower memory decline in old age, reducing their risk of dementia, a new study suggests," 16 July 2019 Officials have since tracked down the other 18 bus passengers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Measles is killing more people in the DRC than Ebola—and faster," 15 July 2019 The extensive selection of fitness trackers on the market means that tracking your step count, sleep quality, and daily activity has never been easier. Braelyn Wood,, "PSA: Fitbits, Apple Watches, and More Fitness Trackers Are on Sale Right Now," 15 July 2019 The file also tracks the most dangerous months with data since 1926. Richard Tribou,, "Florida girl on boogie board bitten by shark: report," 13 July 2019 Davies’ research tracks the distribution of copepods. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 No one officially tracks how many African priests work in the States. Lekan Oguntoyinbo, Quartz Africa, "African priests are now the future of the Catholic Church in the United States," 11 July 2019 The photographer tracked the spaceship manually with a 6x30 finderscope. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Space Photographer Snaps Pictures of Secretive X-37B in Orbit," 9 July 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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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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