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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
tread on someone's toes, tread water
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: treads, treading, treaded, trod, trodden
definition 1: to step or walk on, over, in, or along.
He tread the new carpet cautiously.The children enjoyed treading the leaves as they walked through the woods.
definition 2: to crush or press down with, or as if with, the feet; trample.
The deer treaded the new plantings in the garden.The old winery still treads some of their grapes by foot.
definition 3: to create (a path or the like) by walking.
We tread a path down to the beach.
phrase: tread water
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move on foot; step or walk.
The child treaded with effort through the snow.
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definition 2: to step on, trample, or otherwise harshly treat something and thus press, crush, or hurt it (usu. fol. by "on" or "upon").
The tyrant trod on the hopes of the people.
similar words:
step, tramp, trample
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phrase: tread on someone's toes
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act, process, manner, or sound of stepping or walking.
I heard his heavy tread on the stairs around midnight.
similar words:
plod, step
definition 2: a designated surface on which one steps, such as the horizontal surface of a stair or stepladder.
I fell on the stairs because my foot missed a tread.
definition 3: an instance of treading; single step.
definition 4: that which touches the ground in walking, such as the sole of the foot or shoe, or in rolling, such as the grooved surface of a tire or the linked beltlike apparatus on which a tank moves.
definition 5: the grooved pattern on a tire, or the depth thereof.
There wasn't much tread left on the tire.
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derivation: treader (n.)
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