Meaning of “tread” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /tred/ past tense trod, past participle trodden

[ I, T ] mainly UK to put your foot on something or to press something down with your foot:

I trod on a piece of broken glass.
David trod in some paint.
The kids were treading cake crumbs into the carpet.
tread carefully/gently/lightly, etc

to be careful what you say so that you do not upset someone

tread water

to float vertically in the water by moving your arms and legs up and down

(Definition of “tread verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)