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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

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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

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Synonyms & Antonyms of trail (Entry 2 of 2)

to go after or on the track of
  • we trailed our friend into the woods, inadvertently spoiling his plans for a solitary hike

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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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The first known use of trail was in the 13th century

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“Trail.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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