- 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 towards the house.
- 2retrace something to make the same trip that somebody 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 somebody has done or where they have been Detectives are trying to retrace her movements on the night she disappeared. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French retracer.
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪs//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retrace
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪs//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪs//he / she / it retraces
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪsɪz//past simple retraced
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪst//past participle retraced
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪst//-ing form retracing
BrE BrE//rɪˈtreɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtreɪsɪŋ//