Retrace Re*trace", v. t. [Pref. re- + trace: cf. F. retracer. Cf. {Retract}.] 1. To trace back, as a line. [1913 Webster]

Then if the line of Turnus you retrace, He springs from Inachus of Argive race. --Driden. [1913 Webster]

2. To go back, in or over (a previous course); to go over again in a reverse direction; as, to retrace one's steps; to retrace one's proceedings. [1913 Webster]

3. To trace over again, or renew the outline of, as a drawing; to draw again. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • retrace — [ri trās′] vt. retraced, retracing [Fr retracer: see RE & TRACE1] 1. to go back over again, esp. in the reverse direction [to retrace one s steps] 2. to trace again the story of, from the beginning 3. to go over again visually o …   English World dictionary

  • retrace — I verb copy, go over again, recall, reexamine, regress, reminisce, repeat, return, revert, review, think back upon, trace back, turn back II index copy, recall (remember), reexamine, repeat ( …   Law dictionary

  • retrace — (v.) 1690s, from Fr. retracer to trace again, from M.Fr. retracier, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) + tracier to trace (see TRACE (Cf. trace)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • retracé — Retracé, [retrac]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • retrace — ► VERB 1) go back over (the same route that one has just taken). 2) discover and follow (a route or course taken by someone else). 3) trace (something) back to its source or beginning …   English terms dictionary

  • retrace — UK [rɪˈtreɪs] / US [ˌrɪˈtreɪs] verb [transitive] Word forms retrace : present tense I/you/we/they retrace he/she/it retraces present participle retracing past tense retraced past participle retraced 1) a) to return along the same path or route… …   English dictionary

  • retrace — re|trace [rıˈtreıs, ri: ] v [T] 1.) retrace your steps/path/route etc to go back exactly the way you have come ▪ After a few minutes, he turned around and began to retrace his steps. 2.) to repeat exactly the same journey that someone else has… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retrace — verb (T) 1 to go back the way you have come: retrace your steps: After about fifty paces, he turned around and began to retrace his steps. 2 to repeat exactly the same journey that someone else has made: We shall be retracing the route taken by… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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