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tread

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /tred/ (trod or US also treaded, trodden or US and Australian English also trod) us  
C2 mainly UK to put your foot on something or to press something down with your foot: I kept treading on his toes when we were dancing. Yuck! Look what I've just trodden in! A load of food had been trodden into the carpet. Before the days of automation, they used to tread grapes to make wine. literary to walk: He trod heavily and reluctantly up the stairs. I sometimes see him flash past in his sports car as I tread my weary way (= walk in a tired way) to work.tread water to float vertically in the water by moving the legs and the arms up and down
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tread

noun uk   /tred/ us  

tread noun (PATTERN ON TYRE)

[C or U] the pattern of raised lines on a tyre that prevents a vehicle from sliding on the road: The tread on your tyres is very worn.

tread noun (STEP)

[S] the sound that your feet make on the ground as you walk: Then I heard someone's tread on the stairs. [S] the horizontal part of a step on which you put your foot
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