English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'trace'

(noun) 
Definition
an amount of something so small that it is barely noticeable
Wash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand.
Synonyms
bit
All it required was a bit of work.
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drop
I'll have a drop of that milk.
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touch
She thought she might have a touch of flu.
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shadow
It was without a shadow of a doubt the best we've played.
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suggestion
that fashionably faint suggestion of a tan
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hint
I glanced at her and saw no hint of irony on her face.
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dash
Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
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suspicion
large blooms of white with a suspicion of pale pink
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tinge
Could there have been a slight tinge of envy in her voice?
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whiff
Not a whiff of scandal has ever tainted his private life.
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jot
It doesn't affect my judgement one jot.
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tincture
Her courtesy carried a tincture of disdain.
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iota
Our credit standards have not changed one iota.
(noun) 
Definition
a remnant of something
The church has traces of fifteenth-century frescoes.
Synonyms
remnant
the remnants of Roman flooring
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sign
His face and movements rarely betrayed any sign of nerves.
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record
There's no record of any marriage or children.
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mark
Shopkeepers closed their shutters as a mark of respect.
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evidence
Police said there was no evidence of a struggle.
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indication
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
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token
He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
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relic
a relic from the past
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vestige
the last vestiges of a great and ancient kingdom
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electronic footprint
(noun) 
Definition
a mark, footprint, or other sign that shows that a person, animal, or thing has been in a particular place
He disappeared mysteriously without a trace.
Synonyms
track
We set off once more, over a rough mountain track.
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trail
They would take no action except that of following his trail.
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footstep
people's footsteps in the snow
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path
We followed the path along the clifftops.
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footprint
I saw a footprint in the snow.
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spoor
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footmark
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electronic footprint
(verb) 
Definition
to locate or work out (the cause or source of something)
I first went there to trace my roots.
Synonyms
search for
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follow
I think we're being followed.
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seek out
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track
He thought he had better track this creature and kill it.
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determine
The investigation will determine what really happened.
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pursue
She pursued the man who had stolen her bag.
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ascertain
Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
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hunt down
(verb) 
Definition
to find (something or someone that was missing)
Police are anxious to trace a man seen leaving the house.
Synonyms
find
The police also found a pistol.
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track (down)
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discover
The suitcase was discovered on a roadside outside the city.
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trail
Two detectives were trailing him.
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detect
equipment used to detect radiation
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unearth
No evidence has yet been unearthed.
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hunt down
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ferret out
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locate
We've simply been unable to locate him.
(verb) 
Definition
to discover or describe the progress or development of (something)
I traced the course of the river on the map.
Synonyms
outline
The building was a beautiful sight, outlined against the starry sky.
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chart
Bulletin boards charted each executive's progress.
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sketch
I sketched the scene with my pen and paper.
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draw
Draw a rough design for a logo.
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map out
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depict
a gallery of pictures depicting famous battles
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mark out
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delineate
The relationship between Church and State was delineated in a formal agreement.
(verb) 
Definition
to copy (a design, map, etc.) by putting a piece of transparent paper over it and following the lines which show through the paper with a pencil
She learnt to draw by tracing pictures from story books.
Synonyms
copy
She never participated in copying classified documents for anyone.
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draft
He drafted a standard letter.
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outline
The methods outlined in this book are only suggestions.
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reproduce
The effect has proved hard to reproduce.
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draw over

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ascertain
Definition
to find out definitely
Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
Synonyms
find out,
fix,
make certain,
suss (out) (slang),
ferret out
in the sense of chart
Definition
to plot the course of
Bulletin boards charted each executive's progress.
in the sense of dash
Definition
a small amount
Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
Synonyms
bit,
shot (informal),
spot (British),
tot,
nip,
soupçon

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