Language: Old English
Origin: tredan


1 verb
tread1 past tense trod, past participle trodden

step in/on

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English to put your foot on or in something while you are walking [= step]
tread in/on
Sorry, did I tread on your foot?
She trod barefoot on the soft grass.

tread carefully/warily/cautiously etc

to be very careful about what you say or do in a difficult situation:
If I wanted to keep my job, I knew I'd have to tread lightly.


a) [transitive] British English to press or crush something into the floor or ground with your feet [= track American English]
tread something into/onto/over something
Stop treading mud all over my clean kitchen floor!
Bits of the broken vase got trodden into the carpet.

tread grapes

TA to crush grapes with your feet in order to produce juice for making wine

tread a path

British English written to take a particular action or series of actions:
Getting the right balance between home and work is a difficult path to tread.

tread water

past tense and past participle treaded
a) DSS to stay floating upright in deep water by moving your legs as if you are riding a bicycle
b) to make no progress in a particular situation, especially because you are waiting for something to happen:
All I could do was tread water until the contracts arrived.


[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] literary to walk:
David trod wearily along behind the others.

tread the boards

humorousAPT to work as an actor

➔ tread on somebody's toes

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