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Definition of "retread" [re•tread]

  • To fit (a worn automotive tire) with a new tread. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash: retreading a familiar story line. (verb-transitive)
  • A tire that has been fitted with a new tread. (noun)
  • A revision or reworking; a remake or rehash: a trite retread of an old musical. (noun)
  • Informal A person who has been retrained for work. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "retread" in a sentence
  • "With a PG-13 rating and a pretty formulamatic plot Skinwalkers was perceived as another tired retread from a Hollywood in desperate need of originality."
  • "This mildly downbeat retread is notable for a couple of illustrative quotes and statistics: [Crisis, crackdown turn Mexicans off American dream, Reuters, October 15, 2008]."
  • "Another Daschle-Citibank retread is transition co-chair Tom Rouse, who was the chief of staff for Daschle when he was the weakest Democratic majority leader in recent memory, surrendering to Bush on point after point."