Trace vs. Follow

Trace vs. Follow — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Trace and Follow

Tracenoun

A visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing.

Followverb

To come or go after; proceed behind

Follow the usher to your seat.

Tracenoun

Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige

left without a trace of having been there.

Followverb

To go after in pursuit

would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.

Tracenoun

An extremely small amount or barely perceivable indication

spoke with a trace of sarcasm.

Followverb

To keep under surveillance

The agent followed the suspect around town.
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Tracenoun

A constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit.

Followverb

To move along the course of; take

We followed the path.

Tracenoun

A path or trail that has been beaten out by the passage of animals or people.

Followverb

To move in the direction of; be guided by

followed the sun westward.followed the signs to the zoo.

Tracenoun

An act of researching or ascertaining the origin or location of something

put a trace on the phone call.asked for a trace on a lost package.

Followverb

To lie in the same path as

The road follows the old trading route.
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Tracenoun

A line drawn by a recording instrument, such as a cardiograph.

Followverb

To be parallel to

The road follows the river.

Tracenoun

The point at which a line, or the curve in which a surface, intersects a coordinate plane.

Followverb

To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of

follow a spiritual master.rebels who refused to follow their leader.

Tracenoun

The sum of the elements of the principal diagonal of a matrix.

Followverb

To adhere to; practice

followed family traditions.

Tracenoun

An engram.

Followverb

To take as a model or precedent; imitate

followed my example and resigned.

Tracenoun

One of two side straps or chains connecting a harnessed draft animal to a vehicle or whiffletree.

Followverb

To act in agreement or compliance with; obey

follow the rules.follow one's instincts.

Tracenoun

A bar or rod, hinged at either end to another part, that transfers movement from one part of a machine to another.

Followverb

To keep to or stick to

followed the recipe.follow a diet.

Traceverb

To go along or follow (a path, for example)

We traced the trail up the mountain.

Followverb

To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.

Traceverb

To follow the course or trail of

trace a wounded deer.

Followverb

To come after in order, time, or position

Night follows day.

Traceverb

To ascertain the successive stages in the development or progress of

tracing the life cycle of an insect.trace the history of a family.

Followverb

To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of

She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit album with a tour.

Traceverb

To discover or determine by searching or researching evidence

trace the cause of a disease.

Followverb

To occur or be evident as a consequence of

Your conclusion does not follow your premise.

Traceverb

To locate or ascertain the origin of

traced the money to a foreign bank account.

Followverb

To watch or observe closely

followed the bird through binoculars.

Traceverb

To draw (a line or figure); sketch; delineate.

Followverb

To be attentive to; pay close heed to

too sleepy to follow the sermon.

Traceverb

To form (letters) with special concentration or care.

Followverb

To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of

follow the stock market.followed the local teams.

Traceverb

To copy by following lines seen through a sheet of transparent paper.

Followverb

To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand

Do you follow my argument?.

Traceverb

To follow closely (a prescribed pattern)

The skater traced a figure eight.

Followverb

To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.

Traceverb

To imprint (a design) by pressure with an instrument on a superimposed pattern.

Followverb

To occur or be evident as a consequence; result

If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.

Traceverb

To make a design or series of markings on (a surface) by such pressure on a pattern.

Followverb

To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.

Traceverb

To record (a variable), as on a graph.

Follownoun

(Games) A billiards shot in which the cue ball is struck above center so that it follows the path of the object ball after impact.

Traceverb

To make one's way along a trail or course

We traced along the ridge.

Followverb

(transitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction.

Follow that car!

Traceverb

To have origins; be traceable

linguistic features that trace to West Africa.

Followverb

(transitive) To go or come after in a sequence.

B follows A in the alphabet.We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.

Traceadjective

Occurring in extremely small amounts or in quantities less than a standard limit.

Followverb

(transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).

Follow these instructions to the letter.

Tracenoun

An act of tracing.

Your cell phone company can put a trace on your line.

Followverb

(transitive) To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc).

Tracenoun

An enquiry sent out for a missing article, such as a letter or an express package.

Followverb

(transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.

Do you follow me?

Tracenoun

A mark left as a sign of passage of a person or animal.

Followverb

(transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.

I followed the incumbent throughout the election.My friends don't regularly follow the news.

Tracenoun

A residue of some substance or material.

There are traces of chocolate around your lips.

Followverb

(transitive) To be a logical consequence of.

It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.

Tracenoun

A very small amount.

All of our chocolates may contain traces of nuts.

Followverb

(transitive) To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.

Tracenoun

(electronics) A current-carrying conductive pathway on a printed circuit board.

Follownoun

In billiards and similar games, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it.

a follow shot

Tracenoun

An informal road or prominent path in an arid area.

Follownoun

(internet) The act of following another user's online activity.

Tracenoun

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.

Followverb

to travel behind, go after, come after;

The ducklings followed their mother around the pondPlease follow the guide through the museum

Tracenoun

(engineering) 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.

Followverb

be later in time;

Tuesday always follows Monday

Tracenoun

(fortification) The ground plan of a work or works.

Followverb

come as a logical consequence; follow logically;

It follows that your assertion is falsethe theorem falls out nicely

Tracenoun

(geometry) The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.

Followverb

travel along a certain course;

follow the roadfollow the trail

Tracenoun

(mathematics) The sum of the diagonal elements of a square matrix.

Followverb

act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes;

He complied with my instructionsYou must comply or else!Follow these simple rulesabide by the rules

Tracenoun

(grammar) 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.

Followverb

come after in time, as a result;

A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake

Traceverb

(transitive) To follow the trail of.

Followverb

behave in accordance or in agreement with;

Follow a patternFollow my example

Traceverb

To follow the history of.

Followverb

be next;

Mary plays best, with John and Sue following

Traceverb

(transitive) To draw or sketch lightly or with care.

He carefully traced the outlines of the old building before him.

Followverb

choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans;

She followed the feminist movementThe candidate espouses Republican ideals

Traceverb

(transitive) To copy onto a sheet of paper superimposed over the original, by drawing over its lines.

Followverb

to bring something about at a later time than;

She followed dinner with a brandyHe followed his lecture with a question and answer period

Traceverb

To copy; to imitate.

Followverb

imitate in behavior; take as a model;

Teenagers follow their friends in everything

Traceverb

To walk; to go; to travel.

Followverb

follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;

We must follow closely the economic development is Cubatrace the student's progress

Traceverb

To walk over; to pass through; to traverse.

Followverb

follow with the eyes or the mind;

Keep an eye on the baby, please!The world is watching SarajevoShe followed the men with the binoculars

Traceverb

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.

Followverb

be the successor (of);

Carter followed FordWill Charles succeed to the throne?

Tracenoun

a just detectable amount;

he speaks French with a trace of an accent

Followverb

perform an accompaniment to;

The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano

Tracenoun

an indication that something has been present;

there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claima tincture of condescension

Followverb

keep informed;

He kept up on his country's foreign policies

Tracenoun

a suggestion of some quality;

there was a touch of sarcasm in his tonehe detected a ghost of a smile on her face

Followverb

to be the product or result;

Melons come from a vineUnderstanding comes from experience

Tracenoun

drawing created by tracing

Followverb

accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of;

Let's follow our great helmsman!She followed a guru for years

Tracenoun

either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

Followverb

adhere to or practice;

These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion

Tracenoun

a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

Followverb

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;

He is a herpetologistShe is our resident philosopher

Traceverb

follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;

We must follow closely the economic development is Cubatrace the student's progress

Followverb

keep under surveillance;

The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing

Traceverb

make a mark or lines on a surface;

draw a linetrace the outline of a figure in the sand

Followverb

follow in or as if in pursuit;

The police car pursued the suspected attackerHer bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life

Traceverb

to go back over again;

we retraced the route we took last summertrace your path

Followverb

grasp the meaning;

Can you follow her argument?When he lectures, I cannot follow

Traceverb

pursue or chase relentlessly;

The hunters traced the deer into the woodsthe detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him

Followverb

keep to;

Stick to your principlesstick to the diet

Traceverb

discover traces of;

She traced the circumstances of her birth

Traceverb

make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along;

The children traced along the edge of the drak forestThe women traced the pasture

Traceverb

copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of;

trace a designtrace a pattern

Traceverb

read with difficulty;

Can you decipher this letter?The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs