Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To fit (a worn automotive tire) with a new tread.
  • transitive verb To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash.
  • noun A tire that has been fitted with a new tread.
  • noun A revision or reworking; a remake or rehash.
  • noun Informal A person who has been retrained for work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To tread again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To replace the traction-providing surface of a vehicle that employs tires, tracks or treads.
  • noun A used tire whose surface, the tread, has been replaced to extend its life and use.
  • noun military, slang a person who re-entered military service in World War Two after serving in World War One.
  • verb transitive to tread again, to walk along again, to follow a path again.
  • noun A return over ground previously covered; a retraversal or repetition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a used automobile tire that has been remolded to give it new treads
  • verb use again in altered form
  • verb give new treads to (a tire)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From re- + tread ("grooves carved into the face of a tire") (noun)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From re- + tread (verb)

Examples

  • This mildly downbeat retread is notable for a couple of illustrative quotes and statistics: [Crisis, crackdown turn Mexicans off American dream, Reuters, October 15, 2008].

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  • Another Daschle-Citibank retread is transition co-chair Tom Rouse, who was the chief of staff for Daschle when he was the weakest Democratic majority leader in recent memory, surrendering to Bush on point after point.

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  • This mildly downbeat retread is notable for a couple of illustrative quotes and statistics: [Crisis, crackdown turn Mexicans off American dream, Reuters, October 15, 2008].

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  • I had to go all the way to 16th place, interrobang, to find something that wasn't a retread from the hot 100.

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  • Another Daschle-Citibank retread is transition co-chair Tom Rouse, who was the chief of staff for Daschle when he was the weakest Democratic majority leader in recent memory, surrendering to Bush on point after point.

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  • With a PG-13 rating and a pretty formulamatic plot Skinwalkers was perceived as another tired retread from a Hollywood in desperate need of originality.

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  • This mildly downbeat retread is notable for a couple of illustrative quotes and statistics: [Crisis, crackdown turn Mexicans off American dream, Reuters, October 15, 2008].

    America Disappoints Mexican Dreamers — So Tragic!

  • I had to go all the way to 16th place, interrobang, to find something that wasn't a retread from the hot 100.

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  • His replacement, however, in a sign of the paucity of ability and talent of Labour in the House of Lords (despite the presence of all those businessmen who were swathed in ermine by Whatisname for being eminently qualified as ‘working peers’ rather than, as was quite scandalously and outrageously suggested, for having given the Labour Party some really serious moolah) is a retread from the Callaghan Government, one Ann Taylor.

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  • His replacement, however, in a sign of the paucity of ability and talent of Labour in the House of Lords (despite the presence of all those businessmen who were swathed in ermine by Whatisname for being eminently qualified as ‘working peers’ rather than, as was quite scandalously and outrageously suggested, for having given the Labour Party some really serious moolah) is a retread from the Callaghan Government, one Ann Taylor.

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