track1 W2S2 [træk] n
2¦(marks on ground)¦
3¦(for racing)¦
5 be on the right/wrong track
6 keep/lose track of somebody/something
8 stop/halt (dead) in your tracks
9 cover your tracks
11 be on track
12 get off the track
13 be on the track of somebody/something
14 make tracks
16¦(on a vehicle)¦
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: trac]
1.) ¦(PATH/ROAD)¦
a narrow path or road with a rough uneven surface, especially one made by people or animals frequently moving through the same place
The road leading to the farm was little more than a dirt track .
The track led through dense forest.
a steep mountain track
tracks [plural]
a line of marks left on the ground by a moving person, animal, or vehicle
We followed the tyre tracks across a muddy field.
The tracks, which looked like a fox's, led into the woods.
3.) ¦(FOR RACING)¦
a circular course around which runners, cars etc race, which often has a specially prepared surface
To run a mile, you have to run four circuits of the track.
4.) ¦(TRAIN)¦
a) the two metal lines along which trains travel
The track was damaged in several places.
b) American English the particular track that a train leaves from or arrives at
The train for Boston is leaving from track 2.
5.) be on the right/wrong track
to think in a way that is likely to lead to a correct or incorrect result
We've had the initial test results and it looks as though we're on the right track.
6.) keep/lose track of sb/sth
to pay attention to someone or something, so that you know where they are or what is happening to them, or to fail to do this
It's difficult to keep track of all the new discoveries in genetics.
I just lost all track of time .
7.) ¦(MUSIC/SONG)¦
one of the songs or pieces of music on a record, ↑cassette, or ↑CD
There's a great Miles Davis track on side two.
8.) stop/halt (dead) in your tracks
to suddenly stop, especially because something has frightened or surprised you
9.) cover your tracks
to be careful not to leave any signs that could let people know where you have been or what you have done because you want to keep it a secret, usually because it is illegal
He tried to cover his tracks by burning all the documents.
a) sport that involves running on a track
The next year he didn't run track or play football.
b) all the sports in an ↑athletics competition such as running, jumping, or throwing the ↑javelin
a famous track star
She went out for track in the spring (=she joined the school's track team) .
11.) be on track
spoken to be likely to achieve the result you want
We're still on track for 10% growth.
12.) get off the track
spoken to begin to deal with a new subject rather than the main one which was being discussed
Don't get off the track, we're looking at this year's figures not last year's.
13.) be on the track of sb/sth
to hunt or search for someone or something
Police are on the track of the bank robbers.
14.) make tracks
spoken used to say you must leave a place
It's time we started making tracks.
15.) ¦(DIRECTION)¦
the direction or line taken by something as it moves
track of
islands that lie in the track of North Atlantic storms
16.) ¦(ON A VEHICLE)¦
a continuous metal band that goes over the wheels of a vehicle such as a ↑bulldozer, allowing it to move over uneven ground
off the beaten track atbeaten, ↑one-track mind
be from the wrong side of the tracks atwrong1 (17)
track 2
track2 v
Phrasal verbs
 track somebody/something<=>down
1.) ¦(SEARCH)¦ [T]
to search for a person or animal by following the marks they leave behind them on the ground, their smell etc
Police have been tracking the four criminals all over Central America.
track sb to sth
The dogs tracked the wolf to its lair.
to record or study the behaviour or development of someone or something over time
The progress of each student is tracked by computer.
to follow the movements of an aircraft or ship by using ↑radar
a tracking station
4.) ¦(CAMERA)¦ [I + in/out]
to move a film or television camera away from or towards a scene in order to follow the action that you are recording
5.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦ [T]
AmE to put schoolchildren in groups according to their ability
British Equivalent: stream
6.) ¦(MARK)¦ [T]
AmE to leave behind a track of something such as mud or dirt when you walk
Which of you boys tracked mud all over the kitchen floor?
track down [track sb/sth<=>down] phr v
to find someone or something that is difficult to find by searching or looking for information in several different places
I finally managed to track down the book you wanted in a shop near the station.
Detectives had tracked her down in California.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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