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Definition of "tread" []

  • To walk on, over, or along. (verb-transitive)
  • To press beneath the feet; trample. (verb-transitive)
  • To subdue harshly or cruelly; crush. (verb-transitive)
  • To form by walking or trampling: tread a path. (verb-transitive)
  • To execute by walking or dancing: tread a measure. (verb-transitive)

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 "tread" in a sentence
  • "Oxford English Dictionary traces the expression "tread upon eggs" back to the 1700s, when someone named Roger North wrote: "This gave him occasion ... to find if any slip had been made for he all along trod upon eggs.""
  • "And this tread is about all types of political topics."
  • "It was what we call a tread-snail, because it moves on a double row of pads like stumpy feet and leaves a trail like a tractor."