how to pronounce trace


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trace is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of trace in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you've already seen the trace plug-in …”

meanings of trace


  1. The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.
  2. An empty category occupying a position in the syntactic structure from which something has been moved, used to explain constructions such as wh-movement and the passive.
  3. A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.
  4. A very small amount.
  5. An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.
  6. A residue of some substance or material.
  7. An enquiry sent out for a missing article, such as a letter or an express package.
  8. A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, especially from one plane to another; specifically, such a piece in an organ stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.
  9. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whippletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  10. A current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.
  11. The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  12. An act of tracing.
  13. The ground plan of a work or works.


  1. To walk; to go; to travel.
  2. To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.
  3. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.
  4. To follow the history of.
  5. To copy; to imitate.
  6. To follow the execution of the program by making it to stop after every instruction, or by making it print a message after every step.
  7. To draw or sketch lightly or with care.
  8. To follow the trail of.


  1. A short form of the female given name Tracy or Tracey.

trace frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word trace occurs in english on average 11.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics trace can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that trace can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

3) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to trace


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