track ( tracks plural & 3rd person present) ( tracking present participle) ( tracked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A track is a narrow road or path.
We set off once more, over a rough mountain track.
2 n-count A track is a piece of ground, often oval-shaped, that is used for races involving athletes, cars, bicycles, horses, or dogs called greyhounds.
The two men turned to watch the horses going round the track., ...the athletics track.
3 n-count Railway tracks are the rails that a train travels along.
A woman fell on to the tracks.
4 n-count A track is one of the songs or pieces of music on a CD, record, or tape.
5 n-plural Tracks are marks left in the ground by the feet of animals or people.
oft supp N
The only evidence of pandas was their tracks in the snow...
6 verb If you track animals or people, you try to follow them by looking for the signs that they have left behind, for example the marks left by their feet.
He thought he had better track this wolf and kill it... V n
7 verb To track someone or something means to follow their movements by means of a special device, such as a satellite or radar.
Our radar began tracking the jets... V n
8 verb If you track someone or something, you investigate them, because you are interested in finding out more about them.
If it's possible, track the rumour back to its origin... V n
9 n-count In a school, a track is a group of children of the same age and ability who are taught together.
in BRIT, use stream
10 verb To track students means to divide them into groups according to their ability.
Students are already being tracked. be V-ed, Also V n
in BRIT, use stream
Tracking assigns some students to college prep and others to vocational programs.
12 If someone covers their tracks, they hide or destroy evidence of their identity or their actions, because they want to keep them secret.
cover your tracks phrase V inflects
He covered his tracks, burnt letters and diaries...
13 If you say that someone has the inside track, you mean that they have an advantage, for example special knowledge about something.
(mainly AM or, JOURNALISM)
have the inside track phrase V inflects
Denver has the inside track among 10 sites being considered...
14 If you keep track of a situation or a person, you make sure that you have the newest and most accurate information about them all the time.
keep track of phrase V inflects, PHR n
With eleven thousand employees, it's very difficult to keep track of them all...
15 If you lose track of someone or something, you no longer know where they are or what is happening.
lose track of phrase V inflects, PHR n
You become so deeply absorbed in an activity that you lose track of time...
16 If you make tracks, you leave the place where you are, especially when you are in a hurry.
make tracks phrase V inflects
We'd better make tracks soon, hadn't we?
17 If someone or something is on track, they are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in success.
on track phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
It may take some time to get the British economy back on track...
18 If you are on the track of someone or something, you are trying to find them, or find information about them.
on the track of phrase PHR n, usu v-link PHR
(=on the trail of)
He was on the track of an escaped criminal...
19 If you are on the right track, you are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in success. If you are on the wrong track, you are acting or progressing in a way that is likely to result in failure.
on the right/wrong track phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
Guests are returning in increasing numbers<endash10001a sure sign that we are on the right track..., The country was headed on the wrong track, economically.
20 If someone or something stops you in your tracks, or if you stop dead in your tracks, you suddenly stop moving because you are very surprised, impressed, or frightened.
stop (you) (dead) in (your) tracks phrase V inflects
The thought almost stopped me dead in my tracks.
21 If someone or something stops a process or activity in its tracks, or if it stops dead in its tracks, they prevent the process or activity from continuing.
stop sth (dead) in its tracks phrase V inflects
U.S. manufacturers may find the export boom stopping dead in its tracks.
off the beaten track
beaten track down phrasal verb If you track down someone or something, you find them, or find information about them, after a difficult or long search.
She had spent years trying to track down her parents... V P n (not pron)
I don't know where that old story came from, I've never been able to track it down. V n P