Synonyms of track

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1 a mark or series of marks left on a surface by something that has passed along it
  • a muddy track across the kitchen floor

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2 a rough course or way formed by or as if by repeated footsteps
  • there was still a faint track through the underbrush that indicated where the path used to be

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3 the direction along which something or someone moves
  • I followed the track of the thief's eyes as he watched the woman put the money into her purse and walk away

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Synonyms & Antonyms of track (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to go after or on the track of
  • predators stealthily tracking their prey

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2 to make one's way through, across, or over
  • once upon a time, millions of buffalo tracked the wide open plains

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How is the word track distinct from other similar nouns?

The words trace and vestige are common synonyms of track. While all three words mean "a perceptible sign made by something that has passed," track implies a continuous line that can be followed.

the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs

When can trace be used instead of track?

In some situations, the words trace and track are roughly equivalent. However, trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect.

the killer left no traces

Where would vestige be a reasonable alternative to track?

While in some cases nearly identical to track, 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

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The first known use of track was in the 15th century

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“Track.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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