Definitions

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  • v. To tread down; tread under foot; trample upon; crush; destroy by trampling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tread down; to trample upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tread down; trample upon; crush.

Etymologies

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From Middle English fortreden, from Old English fortredan ("to tread down, trample on"), from Proto-Germanic *fra- + Proto-Germanic *tredanan, *trudanan (“to trample”), equivalent to for- +‎ tread. Compare Dutch vertreden ("to trample"). More at for-, tread.

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