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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for retracement

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
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Word Origin and History for retracement

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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