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tread

verb [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 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   us   /tred/

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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