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Definition of retrace verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retrace
    he / she / it retraces
    past simple retraced
    -ing form retracing
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: retrace