track

If you document your study time and record all your exam scores, then you track your progress in school. In this case the verb track shows that you're following the path of something. The noun track can refer to a path of a more literal kind.

The noun track can describe a variety of paths, such as the rails that trains chug along, a course that racehorses run, or the big oval course in an ice rink. If you're competing in a five-lap race and you have the fastest speed after the first four laps, you're on track to win the race. In this case the term "on track" is describing a figurative path, one that indicates you're in a good position to achieve what you want.

Definitions of track
  1. noun
    a line or route along which something travels or moves
    “the track of an animal”
    synonyms: course, path
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    collision course
    a course of a moving object that will lead to a collision if it continues unchanged
    inside track
    the inner side of a curved racecourse
    round
    the course along which communications spread
    steps
    the course along which a person has walked or is walking in
    belt, swath
    a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
    trail
    a track or mark left by something that has passed
    slot
    the trail of an animal (especially a deer)
    spoor
    the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game
    type of:
    line
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  2. noun
    any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
    synonyms: cart track, cartroad
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    examples:
    Chisholm Trail
    a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
    Iditarod Trail
    a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
    Santa Fe Trail
    a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
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    portage
    overland track between navigable waterways
    trail
    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
    cattle trail
    a trail over which cattle were driven to market
    deer trail
    a trail worn by the passage of deer
    horse-trail
    a trail for horses
    Indian trail
    a trail through the wilderness worn by Amerindians
    mountain trail
    a trail through mountainous country
    ski run, ski trail
    trail or slope prepared for skiing
    type of:
    road, route
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  3. noun
    a course over which races are run
    synonyms: racecourse, racetrack, raceway
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    examples:
    Belmont Park
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Elmont on Long Island; site of the Belmont Stakes
    Churchill Downs
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Louisville; site of the Kentucky Derby
    Pimlico
    a racetrack for thoroughbred racing; site of the Preakness
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    cinder track
    a racetrack paved with fine cinders
    dirt track
    a racetrack that is not paved
    circuit, racing circuit
    a racetrack for automobile races
    speedway
    a racetrack for racing automobiles or motorcycles
    velodrome
    a banked oval track for bicycle or motorcycle racing
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    course
    facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
  4. noun
    a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
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    railroad, railroad track, railway
    a line of track providing a runway for wheels
    streetcar track, tramline, tramway
    the track on which trams or streetcars run
    broad gauge
    a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
    gantlet
    the convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times
    narrow gauge
    a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard 56.5 inches
    railroad siding, sidetrack, siding, turnout
    a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
    standard gauge
    railroad track having the standard width of 56.5 inches
    switch
    railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  5. noun
    a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
    synonyms: rail, rails, runway
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    third rail
    a rail through which electric current is supplied to an electric locomotive
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    bar
    a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
  6. noun
    an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
    synonyms: caterpillar track, caterpillar tread
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    half track
    a track that goes around only rear wheels
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    belt
    endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
  7. noun
    (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
    synonyms: data track
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    itinerary, path, route
    an established line of travel or access
  8. noun
    a groove on a phonograph recording
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    channel, groove
    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
  9. verb
    travel across or pass over
    synonyms: cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, traverse
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    tramp
    cross on foot
    stride
    cover or traverse by taking long steps
    walk
    traverse or cover by walking
    crisscross
    cross in a pattern, often random
    ford
    cross a river where it's shallow
    bridge
    cross over on a bridge
    jaywalk
    cross the road at a red light
    drive, take
    proceed along in a vehicle
    course
    move swiftly through or over
    hop
    traverse as if by a short airplane trip
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    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  10. verb
    carry on the feet and deposit
    track mud into the house”
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    bring in, introduce
    bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment
  11. verb
    make tracks upon
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  12. noun
    a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
    “the title track of the album”
    synonyms: cut
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    excerpt, excerption, extract, selection
    a passage selected from a larger work
  13. noun
    the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    synonyms: running
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    track and field
    participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it
  14. verb
    go after with the intent to catch
    synonyms: chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, trail
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    tree
    chase an animal up a tree
    quest
    search the trail of (game)
    hound, hunt, trace
    pursue or chase relentlessly
    run down
    pursue until captured
    ferret
    hound or harry relentlessly
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    follow, pursue
    follow in or as if in pursuit
  15. verb
    observe or plot the moving path of something
    track a missile”
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    observe
    watch attentively
  16. noun
    evidence pointing to a possible solution
    synonyms: lead, trail
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    evidence, grounds
    your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
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