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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.
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