Definition of retread in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈtred/
1 (past retrod; past participle retrodden) [with object] Go back over (a path or one’s steps): they never retread the same ground
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  • I find it disturbing that this ground has to be retrodden.
  • Amid the tears, there are justifications, counter-arguments, pleadings, denials, arguments, old ground retrodden, infidelities relived, memories burnished and then sullied - but there are definitely tears.
  • He said the current consultation appeared to be retreading old ground and said he was disappointed that the commission hadn't been approached to clarify any issues of concern.
2 (past and past participle retreaded) [with object] Put a new tread on (a worn tire).
Example sentences
  • Once common nationwide, retreading tires (instead of replacing them) fell out of favor as the price of both oil and tires plummeted.
  • Some are retreaded, and the rest are dumped in landfills.
  • Moreover, with its deeper tread and a super-strong carcass, the L06S tire can be retreaded too.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌtred/
1A tire that has been given a new tread.
Example sentences
  • However, Neer's spokesman suggested the cause of the accident could have been speeding and the use of tyre retreads.
  • Each year Britain produces around 50 million waste tyres of which 63 per cent are recovered and used as retreads, fuel or for athletic track surfaces, while the rest are put into landfill sites.
  • There's a shelf or two of tyres around another corner - new, second-hand and retreads.
1.1 informal A person retrained for new work or recalled for service.
Example sentences
  • He is new to Nova Scotia, he is a retread that has come into provincial politics.
  • Jenkins was considered a second tier candidate simply because he was a retread.
1.2North American informal A superficially altered version of an original: a retread of the 30s romantic comedy
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  • This is both the promise and the curse of the sequel, as it must be more than a pure retread of the original story (lest the audience be bored), yet include enough of the familiar from the original to make it a familiar landscape.
  • While it may play like a retread of hundreds of other King creations, Kingdom Hospital still manages to maintain its own individual integrity thanks to the skill of the man behind the pen.
  • The story is mostly a retread of clichéd material and does not offer any new or significant plot developments.

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Syllabification: re·tread

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