verb (used without object)
- to return over the same course or route.
- to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.
- to return by the same route by which one has come
- to retract or reverse one’s opinion, action, policy, etc
“retrace one’s steps,” figuratively, by 1896, from literal sense, with reference to hunted foxes, from back (adv.) + track (v.). Related: Backtracked; backtracking.