Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun trace

6 senses of trace

Sense 1
trace, hint, suggestion -- (a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent")
       => small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount -- (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Sense 2
trace, vestige, tincture, shadow -- (an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension")
       => indication, indicant -- (something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease")

Sense 3
touch, trace, ghost -- (a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face")
       => suggestion, proposition, proffer -- (a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse")

Sense 4
tracing, trace -- (a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image)
       => drawing -- (a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines; "drawings of abstract forms"; "he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures")

Sense 5
trace -- (either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree)
       => line -- (something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line")

Sense 6
trace -- (a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle)
       => mark, print -- (a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb trace

8 senses of trace

Sense 1
trace, follow -- (follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress")
       => analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvas -- (consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives")

Sense 2
trace, draw, line, describe, delineate -- (make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand")
       => mark -- (make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads")

Sense 3
trace, retrace -- (to go back over again; "we retraced the route we took last summer"; "trace your path")
       => return -- (go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean")

Sense 4
hound, hunt, trace -- (pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him")
       => chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track -- (go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit")

Sense 5
trace -- (discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her birth")
       => detect, observe, find, discover, notice -- (discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint")

Sense 6
trace -- (make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along; "The children traced along the edge of the dark forest"; "The women traced the pasture")
       => proceed, go forward, continue -- (move ahead; travel onward in time or space; "We proceeded towards Washington"; "She continued in the direction of the hills"; "We are moving ahead in time now")

Sense 7
trace -- (copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of; "trace a design"; "trace a pattern")
       => copy, re-create -- (make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt")

Sense 8
decipher, trace -- (read with difficulty; "Can you decipher this letter?"; "The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs")
       => read -- (interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?")

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