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English definition of “tread”


noun (STEP)    /tred/
[S] the sound that your feet make on the ground as you walk : Then I heard someone's tread on the stairs .Sounds made by objects, movement or impact [S] the horizontal part of a step on which you put your foot Stairs and lifts
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