Synonyms of 'trace'
an amount of something so small that it is barely noticeableWash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand.
All it required was a bit of work.
I'll have a drop of that milk.
She thought she might have a touch of flu.
It was without a shadow of a doubt the best we've played.
that fashionably faint suggestion of a tan
I glanced at her and saw no hint of irony on her face.
Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
large blooms of white with a suspicion of pale pink
Could there have been a slight tinge of envy in her voice?
Not a whiff of scandal has ever tainted his private life.
It doesn't affect my judgement one jot.
Her courtesy carried a tincture of disdain.
Our credit standards have not changed one iota.
a remnant of somethingThe church has traces of fifteenth-century frescoes.
the remnants of Roman flooring
His face and movements rarely betrayed any sign of nerves.
There's no record of any marriage or children.
Shopkeepers closed their shutters as a mark of respect.
Police said there was no evidence of a struggle.
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
a relic from the past
the last vestiges of a great and ancient kingdom
a mark, footprint, or other sign that shows that a person, animal, or thing has been in a particular placeHe disappeared mysteriously without a trace.
We set off once more, over a rough mountain track.
They would take no action except that of following his trail.
people's footsteps in the snow
We followed the path along the clifftops.
footprint, , ,
I saw a footprint in the snow.
to locate or work out (the cause or source of something)I first went there to trace my roots.
I think we're being followed.
He thought he had better track this creature and kill it.
The investigation will determine what really happened.
She pursued the man who had stolen her bag.
Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
to find (something or someone that was missing)Police are anxious to trace a man seen leaving the house.
The police also found a pistol.
The suitcase was discovered on a roadside outside the city.
Two detectives were trailing him.
equipment used to detect radiation
unearth, , ,
No evidence has yet been unearthed.
We've simply been unable to locate him.
to discover or describe the progress or development of (something)I traced the course of the river on the map.
The building was a beautiful sight, outlined against the starry sky.
Bulletin boards charted each executive's progress.
I sketched the scene with my pen and paper.
Draw a rough design for a logo.
a gallery of pictures depicting famous battles
The relationship between Church and State was delineated in a formal agreement.
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 pencilShe learnt to draw by tracing pictures from story books.
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in the sense of ascertain
to find out definitelyTry to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
in the sense of chart
to plot the course ofBulletin boards charted each executive's progress.
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