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trace

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of trace

  1. 1 a mark or series of marks left on a surface by something that has passed along it the wolf came and went without leaving a trace on the hard, dry ground Synonyms of trace imprint, track, trailWords Related to trace footmark, footprint, footstep, hoofprint, path, print, pug, rut, step, tread; artifact, evidence, leavings, relic, remain(s), remainder, reminder, remnant, residual, residue, sign, spoor, telltale, token, vestige; clue, cue, hint, indication, inkling, intimation, lead, suggestion; scent, shadow, whiff

  2. 2 a passage cleared for public vehicular travel an old trace that dates back to the days of the covered wagon Synonyms of trace arterial, artery, avenue, boulevard, carriageway [British], drag, drive, expressway, freeway, high road, highway, pass, pike, road, roadway, route, row, street, thoroughfare, thruway, way, turnpikeWords Related to trace causeway; autobahn, autoroute, autostrada, dual carriageway [chiefly British], interstate, motorway [chiefly British], superhighway; beltway, bypass, parkway, ring road [chiefly British]; corniche, switchback; through street; high street [British], Main Street; backstreet, branch, bystreet, byway, crossroad, secondary road, shunpike, side road, side street; alley, alleyway; circle, lane, laneway [British], mews [chiefly British], place; close [chiefly British], cul-de-sac, dead end; corridor; track, trail

  3. 3 a rough course or way formed by or as if by repeated footsteps stay on the trace, or you'll get lost in these thick woods Synonyms of trace footpath, path, pathway, trail, trackWords Related to trace bridle path; towpath; alley, alleyway, bypath, byroad, bystreet, byway, passageway, walkway; cutoff, shortcut; lane, pass, passage, road, roadway, route, row, run, runway, street, thoroughfare

  4. 4 a tiny often physical indication of something lost or vanished a ship that appears to have vanished without a trace on the high seas Synonyms of trace echo, ghost, relic, shadow, vestigeWords Related to trace memento, remembrance, reminder; artifact; afterimage, aftertaste; balance, corpse, hangover, leftover, oddment, remainder, remnant, scrap; dreg(s), leavings, remain(s), residual, residue, rest

  5. 5 a very small amount doctors detected only a trace of bacteria in the blood sample but put the patient on antibiotics just in case Synonyms of trace ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, peanuts, ray, scintilla, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, skosh, smack, smell, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), snap, soupçon, spark, spatter, speck, splash, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, particleWords Related to trace hoot, iota, jot, minim, minimum, modicum, semblance, syllable, tittle, vestige, whit; atom, dot, fleck, flyspeck, grain, granule, molecule, morsel, mote, nubbin, patch, scrap; dash, drop, pinch; part, portion, section; bite, nibble, taste; handful, scattering, smatter, smattering; dose, shot; chip, flake, fragment, shard, shiver, sliver, smithereens, splinter; shred, tatter; clipping, paring, shavingNear Antonyms of trace abundance, barrel, boatload, bucket, bundle, bushel, deal, fistful, gobs, heaps, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, oodles, passel, peck, pile, plenty, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, wad, wealth; volume; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; chunk, hunk, lump, slab

  6. 6 an almost imperceptible sign of something there didn't seem to be so much as a trace of the truth to anything he said Synonyms of trace breath, flicker, glimmer, suggestion, tang, touch, hint, whiffWords Related to trace inkling, intimation, scent, wind; evidence, indication, mark, signNear Antonyms of trace permeation, pervasion, saturation

  7. 7 the mark or impression made by a foot followed the traces of the deer into the deep woods Synonyms of trace footmark, footstep, step, footprint, vestigeWords Related to trace hoofprint; pug, spoor, track; tread

Synonym Discussion of trace

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

trace

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of trace

  1. 1 to draw or make apparent the outline of trace your hand onto this piece of paper Synonyms of trace define, delineate, silhouette, sketch, outlineWords Related to trace line; bound, fringe, margin, skirt; edge, hem, rim, trim; frame; circle, compass, encircle, girdle, girth, loop, ring, round, surround; chart, diagram, draw, map (out)

  2. 2 to go after or on the track of police traced the burglar back to his apartment, where they discovered a ton of stolen loot Synonyms of trace bird-dog, chase, course, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, follow, track, trailWords Related to trace accompany, chaperone (or chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watchNear Antonyms of trace headAntonyms of trace guide, lead, pilot


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