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trail

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of trail

  1. 1 a rough course or way formed by or as if by repeated footsteps took a trail through the woods to get to the main road Synonyms of trail footpath, path, pathway, trace, track Words Related to trail bridle path; towpath; alley, alleyway, bypath, byroad, bystreet, byway, passageway, walkway; cutoff, shortcut; lane, pass, passage, road, roadway, route, row, run, runway, street, thoroughfare

  2. 2 a mark or series of marks left on a surface by something that has passed along it the slugs left a slimy trail on the sidewalk Synonyms of trail imprint, trace, trackWords Related to trail 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


trail

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of trail

  1. to go after or on the track of we trailed our friend into the woods, inadvertently spoiling his plans for a solitary hike Synonyms of trail bird-dog, chase, course, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, followWords Related to trail accompany, chaperone (or chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watchNear Antonyms of trail headAntonyms of trail guide, lead, pilot

Synonym Discussion of trail

chase, pursue, follow, trail mean to go after or on the track of something or someone. chase implies going swiftly after and trying to overtake something fleeing or running.
    • a dog chasing a cat
pursue suggests a continuing effort to overtake, reach, or attain.
    • pursued the criminal through narrow streets
follow puts less emphasis upon speed or intent to overtake.
    • friends followed me home in their car
trail may stress a following of tracks or traces rather than a visible object.
    • trail deer
    • trailed a suspect across the country


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