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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fit (a worn automotive tire) with a new tread.
  • transitive v. To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash: retreading a familiar story line.
  • n. A tire that has been fitted with a new tread.
  • n. A revision or reworking; a remake or rehash: a trite retread of an old musical.
  • n. Informal A person who has been retrained for work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To tread again.

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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].

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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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  • 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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  • (Or just go all the way in and have everybody be a retread from a previous season.

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  • A sequel is not supposed to be a re-hash; it only becomes a "retread" if the treatment is bad.

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  • Even as Buchanan's advisers were trying last week to set up a meeting with Ventura, The Body himself called Buchanan a "retread" from another party -- a comment that clearly annoyed the candidate.

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  • Aides say Ventura has little interest now in being a presidential power broker, and Ventura confirms that he could leave the party if Pat Buchanan -- a Republican "retread," in Jesse's view -- is the nominee.

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  • During the Chatter launch held at the San Jose Convention, Benioff brought Apple executive Michael Tchao, a self-described Apple "retread" who helped developed the original Apple Newton tablets and returned to help develop the iPad.

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