Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tread”

See all translations

tread

verb [I/T]  /tred/ ( past tense trod  /trɑd/, past participle trodden  /ˈtrɑd·ən/ or trod  /trɑd/) us  

tread verb [I/T] (TAKE STEP)

to put the foot down while stepping, or to step on something: [I] fig. I hope I haven’t trod on other people’s toes by saying this.

tread

noun  /tred/ us  

tread noun (PATTERN)

[C/U] the raised pattern on a tire that holds the vehicle to the road as it moves: [U] fat tires with knobby tread

tread noun (STEP)

[C] the sound that someone’s feet make in walking: I heard the heavy tread of my father overhead. [C] A tread is also the horizontal surface on which you put your foot on a step.
(Definition of tread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tread?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tread” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More