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"tread" in British English

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treadverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /tred/ (trod or US also treaded, trodden or US and Australian English also trod)
C2 mainly UK to put ​yourfoot on something or to ​press something down with ​yourfoot: 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 ​sportscar as I tread my ​weary way (= ​walk in a ​tired way) to ​work.tread water to ​floatvertically in the ​water by ​moving the ​legs and the ​arms up and down

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treadnoun

uk   us   /tred/
(Definition of tread from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tread" in American English

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treadverb [I/T]

 us   /tred/ (past tense trod  /trɑd/ , past participle trodden  /ˈtrɑd·ən/ or trod  /trɑd/ )
  • 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.

treadnoun

 us   /tred/
  • tread noun (PATTERN)

[C/U] the ​raisedpattern on a ​tire that ​holds the ​vehicle to the ​road as it moves: [U] fattires with ​knobby tread
  • tread noun (STEP)

[C] the ​sound that someone’s ​feet make in ​walking: I ​heard the ​heavy tread of my ​fatheroverhead. [C] A tread is also the ​horizontalsurface on which you put ​yourfoot on a ​step.
(Definition of tread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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