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British English: /treɪs/
American English: /treɪs/

Translation of trace in French:


  • 1 (evidence) to find traces of
    trouver les traces de
    to remove all trace(s) of
    retirer toute trace de
    no trace remains of ou there is no trace of
    il ne reste aucune trace de
  • 2 (hint) (of feeling, irony, humour, flavour, garlic)
    (of accent)
    (of chemical, drug)
    with/without a trace of
    avec une/sans la moindre trace de
    (irony, irritation)
    with/without a trace of a smile
    avec un léger/sans l'ombre d'un sourire
    without a trace of make-up
    sans aucun maquillage
  • 3 (aiding retrieval) without trace
    (disappear, sink)
    sans laisser de traces
    they found no trace of him/the money
    ils n'ont trouvé aucune trace de lui/l'argent
    to lose all trace of
    perdre toute trace de
  • 5 (in angling)
    bas (m) de ligne

transitive verb

  • 1 (locate)
    (thief, fugitive, call)
    (witness, weapon, car, file, source)
    (fault, malfunction)
    trouver des traces de
    to trace somebody to
    retrouver la trace de quelqu'un dans
    to trace the cause of
    déterminer la cause de
    the call was traced to a London number
    on a pu établir que le coup de téléphone venait d'un numéro à Londres
  • 2 (follow development)
    faire l'historique de
    (development, growth)
    (life, story, progress, friendship)
    (origins, ancestry) to jusqu'à
    to trace the history of
    faire l'historique de


to kick over the traces

Phrasal verbs

trace back

trace [something] back, trace back [something]

trace out

trace out [something], trace [something] out 1.1 (copy)
(map, outline) onto sur
1.2 (form)
(pattern, letters) in, on sur

Definition of trace in:

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