\ 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 school will have outdoor athletic facilities for track, softball, baseball and a space for a potential natatorium. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Take a virtual tour of the new 'crown jewel' high school of Sheldon ISD," 14 Jan. 2020 The Cincinnati Rollergirls was founded in 2005 and is the first amateur women's flat-track roller derby team. Segann March,, "Cincinnati Rollergirls moving to Xavier's Cintas Center," 13 Jan. 2020 On the current policy track, the former does face a financing issue, but not until 2034. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Joe Biden's history of austerity," 13 Jan. 2020 The 15-track album, due out on Feb. 7 on Atlantic Records and available for pre-order now, features all new, exclusive tracks curated by the producers of the multi-platinum Suicide Squad soundtrack. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Birds of Prey' Soundtrack Draws Flock of Killer Female Artists: See the Track List," 10 Jan. 2020 It’s anchored by three additional big-box tenants that are not as big as NFM but almost: Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games is 110,300 square feet and has three indoor tracks, bowling lanes, an arcade, restaurants and bars on two levels. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Grandscape is the latest shopping center to hit the northern landscape of Dallas-Fort Worth," 10 Jan. 2020 In his eighth year heading the program, Johnson has guided the Ducks to 13 NCAA team championships between indoor and outdoor track, and cross country. oregonlive, "Thumbs up for Oregon’s Rooney Rule; it’s 10 years old and it’s worked: Issues & Answers," 9 Jan. 2020 Luckily, there are plenty of new essentials on the sportswear scene that are a fast-track ticket to feeling confident while working out. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "42 Workout Essentials to Feel Confident at the Gym in 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 By the end of 2018 China had 29,000km of high-speed track, two-thirds of the global total. The Economist, "Success stories China’s nuclear industry and high-speed trains are world class," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ocearch, a scientific organization that collects data by tracking sharks and other marine life, reports five great whites are currently in the Gulf of Mexico, or the Florida Keys. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Several great white sharks spotted in the Gulf, and more are behind them," 14 Jan. 2020 The ring ended up with a woman in Alabama, who had asked me for help in tracking down its owner. oregonlive, "Heirloom set of wedding rings returned after 17 years thanks to some sleuthing and Inside Edition (Column)," 13 Jan. 2020 Both Twitter and Facebook have launched dedicated services for tracking misinformation and manipulation ahead of Saturday's vote. James Griffiths, CNN, "Taiwan goes to the polls amid fears of Beijing's influence and fake news," 10 Jan. 2020 The story tells of a young and unskilled fairy godmother (Bell) that ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher to Star in Disney+ Comedy 'Godmothered' (Exclusive)," 9 Jan. 2020 To remedy that shortcoming, the Pentagon plans to launch hundreds of small satellites with sensors capable of tracking heat sources an order of magnitude cooler than rocket boosters. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "‘National pride is at stake.’ Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons," 8 Jan. 2020 By tracking the man's phone, deputies were able to locate his vehicle near 24th Street and Broadway Road in Phoenix with three people inside, court records said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "1 adult, 2 teens suspected of kidnapping, shooting man visiting Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl," 2 Jan. 2020 Florida officials began tailing Invictus after tracking him down at a relative's home, Goodyear said. CBS News, "White nationalist politician who spoke at deadly Charlottesville rally arrested," 2 Jan. 2020 And while Facebook users may have grown jaded by the social media giant’s practice of tracking their shopping habits or political leanings, for many, medical history is sacred territory. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Facebook is normalizing sharing your personal healthcare data," 31 Dec. 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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17 Jan 2020

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“Track.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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