\ 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 Houston Chronicle's Zach Despart reports that Harris County is on track to see 1 million early votes Friday afternoon, an all-time record. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Harris County set to reach 1 million ballots cast during early voting," 23 Oct. 2020 Aaron Sterling also seems on track to play against LSU. Christopher Smith, al, "South Carolina vs. LSU betting line, picks, odds and predictions," 23 Oct. 2020 According to multiple reports, the team has no additional positive coronavirus tests, meaning the game against the Buccaneers remains on track. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Raiders report no additional positive coronavirus tests on Friday, per reports," 23 Oct. 2020 Disposable personal income is on track to fall below its pre-pandemic trend after an earlier, large boost from federal relief efforts. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Officials Call for Quick Stimulus Deal to Forestall Lackluster U.S. Economic Recovery," 23 Oct. 2020 As of Wednesday, Milwaukee County as a whole has had 173 homicides this year and, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, is on track to reach 221 homicides by year's end — a 70% increase from 2019. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Satisfaction with Milwaukee police varies depending on race, survey shows; being stopped by police also lowers perception of conduct," 22 Oct. 2020 Suga’s new target will put Tokyo on track to match the EU and the U.K., both of which have pledged net-zero by 2050. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Japan set to become the latest country targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050," 22 Oct. 2020 Thursday’s Judiciary panel session forced Republicans on the panel to change its rules to keep the confirmation on track. Author: Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican-led Senate committee advances Barrett despite Democrats’ boycott," 22 Oct. 2020 Boycotting Thursday's Judiciary panel session was forcing Republicans on the panel to change its rules to keep the confirmation on track. The Associated Press,, "Amy Coney Barrett's nomination advances to full Senate despite Democrats' boycott," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are also growing concerns about privacy and digital surveillance, as the government would be able to track payments made using these new currencies. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Why Central Banks Want to Create Their Own Digital Currencies Like Bitcoin," 21 Oct. 2020 McCreary recommends that investors who think their accounts are compromised immediately notify their brokers, who may be able to track down where funds were wired and reverse the transfer. Sophie Alexander,, "Digital Thieves Are Hacking Brokerage Accounts: Is Your Money Safe?," 13 Oct. 2020 Of 101 decoy eggs, five were able to track the routes of poachers up to hundreds of kilometers away. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 Williams-Guillen and Pheasey found that while poachers tended to sell eggs locally door to door, the InvestEGGator was also able to track long-range transport—one trip was 137 kilometers long, from the beach to central Costa Rica. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers," 5 Oct. 2020 According to earlier reporting, Harris County residents are now able to track their mail-in ballots through a new system through the County Clerk’s office. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Find your local representatives, polling locations for the 2020 election," 3 Oct. 2020 Authorities were able to track his location using the GPS on his phone and began searching with the help of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the University of California, Davis Research Team. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Lake Tahoe drowning victim recovered from 1,565-foot deep water," 30 Sep. 2020 And there are still questions looming about how effectively the city will be able to track cases in schools. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Elementary Schools Reopen in Person, in Milestone for N.Y.C.," 29 Sep. 2020 So far, Keech hasn't been able to track down a direct family descendent but has a possible lead for a family member in Canada. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan woman shocked when delivered 100-year-old postcard," 26 Sep. 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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25 Oct 2020

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“Track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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)


\ 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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