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[verb ree-tred; noun ree-tred]
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verb (used with object), re·tread·ed, re·tread·ing.
  1. to put a new tread on (a worn pneumatic tire casing) either by recapping or by cutting fresh treads in the smooth surface.
  2. to repeat or do over, especially without the boldness or inventiveness of the original.
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  1. a tire that has been retreaded.
  2. Slang. a person returned to active work after retirement, dismissal, etc.
  3. a person retrained for a new or more modern job or task.
  4. Informal. a repeating, reviving, or reworking of an old or familiar idea, presentation, story, etc., especially when unimaginative or hackneyed; rehash: a boring retread of a classic movie.
  5. Slang. a person representing older or previous times, ideas, policies, etc., especially when they are deemed passé or tiresome.
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Origin of retread

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + tread
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Related Words for retreaded

repair, reexamine, rebuild, revamp, renew, reconstruct, modernize, fix, improve, sew, reinforce, cobble, overhaul, restore, redo, update, renovate, rehabilitate, recondition, remodel

British Dictionary definitions for retreaded


verb (riːˈtrɛd) -treads, -treading or -treaded
  1. (tr) another word for remould (def. 2)
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noun (ˈriːˌtrɛd)
  1. another word for remould (def. 3)
  2. Australian and NZ informal a pensioner who has resumed employment, esp in a former profession
  3. a film, piece of music, etc, which is a superficially altered version of an earlier original
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Word Origin and History for retreaded



"to put a new tread on (a tire)," 1908, from re- "back, again" (see re-) + tread (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1914; in World War I it was Australian slang for "a re-enlisted soldier."

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