- 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 [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[transitive, intransitive] tread (something) (formal or literary) to walk somewhere Few people had trod this path before. He was treading quietly and cautiously. Idioms
- 1to keep yourself vertical in deep water by moving your arms and legs
- 2to make no progress while you are waiting for something to happen I decided to tread water until a better job came along.
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
to be very careful about what you do or say The administration will have to tread very carefully in handling this issue.
tread carefully, warily, etc.jump to other results
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 a difficult, dangerous, solitary, etc. pathjump to other results
tread waterjump to other results