- 1retrace something to go back along exactly the same path or route that you have come along She turned around and began to retrace her steps toward the house.
- 2retrace something to make the same trip that someone else has made in the past They are hoping to retrace the epic voyage of Christopher Columbus. (figurative) Her mind retraced (= remembered) the dramatic events of the previous night.
- 3retrace something to find out what someone has done or where they have been Detectives are trying to retrace her movements on the night she disappeared.
NAmE//riˈtreɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retrace
he / she / it retraces
past simple retraced
-ing form retracing