Definition of tread verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    tread

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//trɛd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tread
     
    he / she / it treads
     
    past simple trod
     
    past simple treaded past participle trodden
     
    past participle trod
     
    past participle treaded -ing form treading
     
     
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  1. 1 [intransitive] tread (on/in/over something/somebody) (old-fashioned) to put your foot down while you are stepping or walking Careful you don't tread in that puddle.
  2. 2 [transitive] tread something (+ adv./prep.) to crush or press something with your feet synonym trample The wine is still made by treading grapes in the traditional way.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] tread (something) (formal or literary) to walk somewhere Few people had trod this path before. He was treading quietly and cautiously.
  4. Idioms
    tread carefully, warily, etc.
     
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    to be very careful about what you do or say The administration will have to tread very carefully in handling this issue.
    tread a difficult, dangerous, solitary, etc. path
     
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    to choose and follow a particular way of life, way of doing something, etc. A restaurant has to tread the tricky path between maintaining quality and keeping prices down.
      tread water
       
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    1. 1to keep yourself vertical in deep water by moving your arms and legs
    2. 2to make no progress while you are waiting for something to happen I decided to tread water until a better job came along.
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