tread1 [tred] v past tense trod [trɔd US tra:d] past participle trodden [ˈtrɔdn US ˈtra:dn]
1¦(step in/on)¦
2 tread carefully/warily/cautiously etc
4 tread a path
5 tread water
7 tread the boards
[: Old English; Origin: tredan]
1.) ¦(STEP IN/ON)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
BrE to put your foot on or in something while you are walking
= ↑step tread in/on
Sorry, did I tread on your foot?
She trod barefoot on the soft grass.
2.) tread carefully/warily/cautiously etc
to be very careful about what you say or do in a difficult situation
If I wanted to keep my job, I knew I'd have to tread lightly.
3.) ¦(CRUSH)¦
a) [T] BrE
to press or crush something into the floor or ground with your feet
American Equivalent: tracktread sth into/onto/over sth
Stop treading mud all over my clean kitchen floor!
Bits of the broken vase got trodden into the carpet.
b) tread grapes
to crush ↑grapes with your feet in order to produce juice for making wine
4.) tread a path
BrE written to take a particular action or series of actions
Getting the right balance between home and work is a difficult path to tread.
5.) tread water
past tense and past participle treaded
a) to stay floating upright in deep water by moving your legs as if you are riding a bicycle
b) to make no progress in a particular situation, especially because you are waiting for something to happen
All I could do was tread water until the contracts arrived.
6.) ¦(WALK)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
literary to walk
David trod wearily along behind the others.
7.) tread the boards
humorous to work as an actor
tread on sb's toes attoe1 (3)
tread 2
tread2 n
1.) [U and C]
the pattern of lines on the part of a tyre that touches the road
the part of a stair that you put your foot on
3.) [singular] literary
the particular sound that someone makes when they walk
I heard the back door bang, and Rex's tread in the hall.

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  • Tread — Tread, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr[ a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de, Goth. trudan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tread — Tread, v. t. 1. To step or walk on. [1913 Webster] Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. Prior. [1913 Webster] Methought she trod the ground with greater grace. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a path; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tread — Tread, n. 1. A step or stepping; pressure with the foot; a footstep; as, a nimble tread; a cautious tread. [1913 Webster] She is coming, my own, my sweet; Were it ever so airy a tread, My heart would hear her and beat. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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