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"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 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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"tread" in British English

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

uk   /tred/  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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treadnoun

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