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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 of re-trace
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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Historical Examples
  • As they watched they saw Sam and Nick turn and retrace their steps back along the path.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • With what emotions would she trace and retrace her own eventful story!

  • retrace your steps, young man, and make atonement for your errors!

    Master Olof August Strindberg
  • I knew it must be near noontime, so I began to retrace my way.

  • It was a different problem for two tired and nerve-exhausted men to retrace their steps.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • They turned, and with Sim between them Ralph and Rotha began to retrace their steps.

  • The poet went on to say: "But to retrace your steps, and escape to the upper air, this is a work, this is a toil."

    Short Studies in Ethics John Ormsby Miller
  • I watched him go up to the letter-box and then retrace his steps.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • So when Bowden started to retrace his steps, he did not know where he was.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • Mrs. Travers let fall her arm and began to retrace her steps, unsupported and alone.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
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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