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re-trace

[ree-treys] /riˈtreɪs/
verb (used with object), re-traced, re-tracing.
1.
to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing.
Also, retrace.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; re- + trace1

retrace

[ri-treys] /rɪˈtreɪs/
verb (used with object), retraced, retracing.
1.
to trace backward; go back over:
to retrace one's steps.
2.
to go back over with the memory.
3.
to go over again with the sight or attention.
4.
Origin
1690-1700; < French retracer, Middle French retracier, equivalent to re- re- + tracier to trace1
Related forms
retraceable, adjective
retracement, noun
nonretraceable, adjective
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Examples from the web for retrace
  • But having killed his prey, the hunter would want to make a beeline for home rather than retrace his steps exactly.
  • Links you've already visited leap out in blue so you can retrace your steps easily.
  • His concentration is so scattered that it takes a couple of hours before it occurs to him to retrace his steps.
  • To return to the trailhead, simply retrace the route back down the canyon.
  • It must be recognized that pedestrians will only infrequently retrace their steps to make a safe crossing.
  • To return to your vehicle you can retrace the stonewall or you may take the main access road.
British Dictionary definitions for retrace

retrace

/rɪˈtreɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to go back over (one's steps, a route, etc) again: we retraced the route we took last summer
2.
to go over (a past event) in the mind; recall
3.
to go over (a story, account, etc) from the beginning
Derived Forms
retraceable, adjective
retracement, noun

re-trace

/riːˈtreɪs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to trace (a map, drawing, etc) again
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Word Origin and History for retrace
v.

1690s, from French retracer "to trace again," from Middle French retracier, from re- "again" (see re-) + tracier "to trace" (see trace (v.)). Related: Retraced; retracing.

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