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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Sense: 1
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Low German
Origin: padden 'to go along a path'
Sense: 2-4
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: PAD1

pad

2 verb
     
pad2 past tense and past participle padded, present participle padding
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk softly and quietly
pad across/through/along etc
The cat came padding silently back to its home.
She padded barefoot down the stairs.
2D [transitive] also pad (something) out British English to fill or cover something with a soft material in order to protect it or make it more comfortable
pad something with something
jackets padded out with a soft cotton filling
3 [transitive] American EnglishB to dishonestly make bills more expensive than they should be:
padding the bills of Medicare patients
4 [transitive] also pad (something) out to make a speech or piece of writing longer by adding unnecessary words or details:
Don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive.
pad with
His autobiography is padded with boring anecdotes.
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