Definition of pad verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pad

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pæd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pad
    BrE BrE//pæd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæd//
     
    he / she / it pads
    BrE BrE//pædz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pædz//
     
    past simple padded
    BrE BrE//ˈpædɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædɪd//
     
    past participle padded
    BrE BrE//ˈpædɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædɪd//
     
    -ing form padding
    BrE BrE//ˈpædɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædɪŋ//
     
     
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    add soft material
  1. 1[transitive, often passive] pad something (with something) to put a layer of soft material in or on something in order to protect it, make it thicker or change its shape All the sharp corners were padded with foam. a padded jacket a padded envelope (= for sending delicate objects)
  2. walk quietly
  3. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk with quiet steps She padded across the room to the window.
  4. bills
  5. 3[transitive] pad something (North American English) to dishonestly add items to bills to obtain more money to pad bills/expense accounts More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  6. Word Originverb sense 1 and verb sense 3 mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘bundle of straw to lie on’): the senses may not be of common origin; the meaning ‘underpart of an animal's foot’ is perhaps related to Low German pad ‘sole of the foot’; the history remains obscure. verb sense 2 mid 16th cent.: from Low German padden ‘to tread, go along a path’, partly imitative.Extra examples He padded around in his socks eating cereal. He padded barefoot across the carpet. She padded softly around the house. She was wearing a warm coat and heavily padded gloves. The cat padded silently along the track. The shoulder straps are padded with foam. His dog padded silently beside him. She padded across the hall to the open door. The girl padded barefoot over to the window. Phrasal Verbspad somethingout
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