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  ( tracks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tracking    present participle)   ( tracked    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A track is a narrow road or path.   (=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.  
usu pl  
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      n-uncount  
Tracking assigns some students to college prep and others to vocational programs.     
    fast track  
    title track  
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  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    footmark, footprint, footstep, mark, path, scent, slipstream, slot, spoor, trace, trail, wake  
2    course, flight path, line, orbit, path, pathway, road, track, trajectory, way  
3    line, permanent way, rail, rails  
4    keep track of      follow, keep an eye on, keep in sight, keep in touch with, keep up to date with, keep up with, monitor, oversee, watch  
5    lose track of      lose, lose sight of, misplace  
6    chase, dog, follow, follow the trail of, hunt down, pursue, shadow, stalk, tail     (informal)   trace, trail  

fanatical, fixated, monomaniacal, obsessed, single-track  
track down     
apprehend, bring to light, capture, catch, dig up, discover, expose, ferret out, find, hunt down, run to earth or ground, sniff out, trace, unearth  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
Digital footprint is a track left by user in form of data in process of transmission of information online
Cyber intelligence is computer system that tracks, examines and defies the digital security risks.
[Tech.];[Leg.] Cyber intelligence is computer system that tracks, examines and defies the digital security risks.
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