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tread

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]     /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.Walking and walkers 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.Walking and walkers tread water to float vertically in the water by moving the legs and the arms up and downSwimming
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