trace

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noun
1 mark/sign that shows sb/sth happened/existed
ADJECTIVE
archaeological, historical
indelible, permanent
memory (technical)
VERB + TRACE
leave

The burglar had left several traces of his presence.

Little trace is left of how Stone Age people lived.

bear, reveal, show
discover, find

The search party had found no trace of the missing climbers.

erase, obliterate, remove

Remove all traces of rust with a small wire brush.

TRACE + VERB
remain

Traces still remain of the old brewery.

PREPOSITION
with a trace of sth, without a trace of sth

‘No thanks,’ she said, with a trace of irritation in her voice.

without trace (BrE), without a trace

The plane was lost without a trace over the Atlantic.

The ship seems to have sunk without trace.

2 very small amount of sth
ADJECTIVE
discernible (esp. BrE), faint, minute, slight, small, tiny

There was not the faintest trace of irony in her voice.

unmistakable
VERB + TRACE
contain

The water was found to contain traces of cocaine.

detect, find
TRACE + NOUN
amount
element, gas, metal, mineral

Seaweed is rich in vitamins and trace elements.

PREPOSITION
trace of

a trace of amusement/anxiety/a smile

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verb
1 find out where sth is/where it comes from
ADVERB
successfully
VERB + TRACE
be able to, be unable to, can

Police have been unable to trace her movements during her final days.

attempt to, try to
help (to)
fail to
be difficult to
be possible to
PREPOSITION
to

The stolen paintings have been successfully traced to a London warehouse.

2 find/describe the cause/origin of sth
ADVERB
carefully
easily

Words have over the centuries acquired meanings not easily traced in dictionaries.

directly
back
VERB + TRACE
can
attempt to, try to
be difficult to

The origins of the custom are difficult to trace.

be possible to
PREPOSITION
to

The book traces the history of the game back to an incident in 1863.

3 mark where the line of sth is with a thin object
ADVERB
gently, lightly
slowly
PREPOSITION
with

She lightly traced the outline of his face with her finger.

Trace is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑exhibition
Trace is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ancestor, ↑ancestry, ↑arc, ↑beginning, ↑call, ↑circle, ↑connection, ↑descent, ↑design, ↑development, ↑emergence, ↑evolution, ↑finger, ↑heritage, ↑history, ↑influence, ↑movement, ↑origin, ↑outline, ↑owner, ↑path, ↑pattern, ↑progress, ↑relative, ↑root, ↑route, ↑shape, ↑thread, ↑witness

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