tread1 [tred] v past tense trod [trɔd US tra:d] past participle trodden [ˈtrɔdn US ˈtra:dn]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(step in/on)¦2 tread carefully/warily/cautiously etc3¦(crush)¦4 tread a path5 tread water6¦(walk)¦7 tread the boards▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: tredan]1.) ¦(STEP IN/ON)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]BrE 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.2.) tread carefully/warily/cautiously etcto 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.3.) ¦(CRUSH)¦a) [T] BrEto press or crush something into the floor or ground with your feetAmerican Equivalent: tracktread sth into/onto/over sth▪ Stop treading mud all over my clean kitchen floor!▪ Bits of the broken vase got trodden into the carpet.b) tread grapesto crush ↑grapes with your feet in order to produce juice for making wine4.) tread a pathBrE written to take a particular action or series of actions▪ Getting the right balance between home and work is a difficult path to tread.5.) tread waterpast tense and past participle treadeda) to stay floating upright in deep water by moving your legs as if you are riding a bicycleb) 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.6.) ¦(WALK)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]literary to walk▪ David trod wearily along behind the others.7.) tread the boardshumorous to work as an actor→tread on sb's toes at ↑toe1 (3)tread 2tread2 n↑tread1.) [U and C]the pattern of lines on the part of a tyre that touches the road2.)the part of a stair that you put your foot on3.) [singular] literarythe particular sound that someone makes when they walk▪ I heard the back door bang, and Rex's tread in the hall.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.