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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.   (=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.  
  (AM)  
in BRIT, use stream     
10       verb   To track students means to divide them into groups according to their ability.  
  (AM)  
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.     
11   
    backtrack  
    fast track  
    racetrack  
    sidetrack  
    soundtrack  
    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.  
INFORMAL  
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.     
22   
    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  
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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.   (=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.  
  (AM)  
in BRIT, use stream     
10       verb   To track students means to divide them into groups according to their ability.  
  (AM)  
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.     
11   
    backtrack  
    fast track  
    racetrack  
    sidetrack  
    soundtrack  
    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.  
INFORMAL  
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.     
22   
    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  


fast track        ( fast tracks    3rd person present)   ( fast tracking    present participle)   ( fast tracked    past tense & past participle  ) , fast-track  
1       n-sing   The fast trackto a particular goal, especially in politics or in your career, is the quickest route to achieving it.  
oft N to n, N n  
Many Croats and Slovenes saw independence as the fast track to democracy...     
2       verb   To fast track something means to make it happen or progress faster or earlier than normal.  
A Federal Court case had been fast tracked to Wednesday...      be V-ed  
Woodward has fast-tracked a number of youngsters into the line-up since he became coach.      V n  
title track        ( title tracks    plural  ) The title track on a CD, record, or tape is a song or piece of music that has the same title as the CD, record, or tape.      n-count   usu sing  
They come from Tuam, a place they refer to on the title track of their album, `All the Way From Tuam'.     
track and field     
Track and field refers to athletics as opposed to other sports.      n-uncount  
track event        ( track events    plural  ) A track event is an event in athletics which involves running or walking around a racetrack, in contrast to events that involve only jumping or throwing.      n-count  
track record        ( track records    plural  ) If you talk about the track record of a person, company, or product, you are referring to their past performance, achievements, or failures in it.      n-count   usu with supp, oft N in n, N of -ing  
The job needs someone with a good track record in investment...     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

Collins

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  

Collins
track  
      n  
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  
      vb  
6    chase, dog, follow, follow the trail of, hunt down, pursue, shadow, stalk, tail     (informal)   trace, trail  


one-track     
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
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
exp.
calm down!
exp.
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
exp.
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
exp.
metaphoric expression for getting married
exp.
Digital footprint is a track left by user in form of data in process of transmission of information online
exp.
Abbreviation for "eXamine Your Zipper". To let someone know the zipper on the front of his pants is down.
[US];[Coll.]
adj.
something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
n.
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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