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  1. nininaz's Avatar
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    What is the meaning of 'Trace' in the below sentence?

    Hello All,
    In the sentence:
    Along with the harmful oil,however,run-off also carriers tons of nutrients in the form of plant matter,fertilizers , animal waste and garbage that
    can be traced to cities,farms,factories and forests.

    I can't find the true and compatible match of the 'Trace' verb in these dictionaries?

    Trace - Definition for English-Language Learners from Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    trace - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced American Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    trace - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    None of them can't make sense to me.
    Please give the correct meaning of sentence and match mentioned verb on dictionary.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: What is the meaning of 'Trace' in the below sentence?

    Definition #2 in your second link is:

    trace something (back) (to something): to find the origin or cause of something

    She could trace her family tree back to the 18th century.
    The leak was eventually traced to a broken seal.

    The police traced the call (= used special electronic equipment to find out who made the telephone call) to her ex-husband's number
    .


    That seems to fit the bill, especially with the example sentence I have underlined.

    In your sentence, the word before 'tons' should be 'carriers', without the 'r'. Not that we leave a space after a comma.

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