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Tracking

verb;
understanding the speaker's line of thought, argument, or directions apparent meaning: understanding the speaker's line of thought, argument, or directions. The speaker was trying to ensure understanding and so posed his question. The common form of the word 'to track' means to follow the trail of something. From there, it's just a metaphorical jump from physically following something to keeping up with a conversation or argument.
 
Are you tracking?
Etymology : metaphorical extension ('tracking', v. in a physical sense to 'tracking', v. in a mental sense] 'track' (to follow the trail of) + '-ing'
Source : conversation with University of Pennsylvania sophomore
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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