verb (1)
re·​tread | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtred How to pronounce retread (audio) \
retreaded; retreading

Definition of retread

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to bond or vulcanize a new tread to the prepared surface of (a worn tire)
2 : to make over as if new retread an old plot


re·​tread | \ ˈrē-ˌtred How to pronounce retread (audio) \

Definition of retread (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a retreaded tire
2 : something made or done again especially in slightly altered form : remake
3a : one (such as a retired person) who is recalled or retrained for work
b : one (such as an athlete) who has previously held the same or a similar position


verb (2)
\ (ˌ)rē-ˈtred How to pronounce re-tread (audio) \
re-trod\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈträd How to pronounce re-tread (audio) \; re-trodden\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈträ-​dᵊn How to pronounce re-tread (audio) \ or re-trod; re-treading

Definition of re-tread (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to tread again

Examples of retread in a Sentence

Noun The show is just another TV sitcom retread.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Furthermore, many arguments for repealing the $600 boost retread the old stereotype of a jobless worker on the government dole. CNN, "Allowing the $600 unemployment benefit to expire could devastate the US economy," 8 July 2020 When thinking about the above criteria, however, one not-so-scary show comes to mind as a fitting series to retread: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. James Charisma, Ars Technica, "Deep Space Nine: The Trek spinoff that saved the day by staying put," 25 May 2020 But Miller’s film does a lot more than just retread familiar history. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "9 terrific movies about landing on the moon, from the sublime to the ridiculous," 17 July 2019 Every character from the box-office-dominating Disney classic has returned to retread every plot point and sing every familiar, chart-topping song. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball," 12 July 2019 When dusk approaches in Montana, the searchers start packing up, but Kimberly retreads ground along the creek. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 Philly had hosted Bridges for a private workout and retreaded Smith for two group workouts. Jake Fischer,, "From War Rooms to the Green Room: Behind the Scenes of Thursday's No. 16 Pick Chaos," 23 June 2018 In the commercial tire market, retreaded tires account for half of all truck tires. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "More than one in three drivers doesn’t know when their tires are bald," 19 June 2018 And don’t worry about the movie retreading the same ground Johnny Depp besmirched — the film is rumored to be a prequel of some kind. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Lin-Manuel's movie, Starbucks prices go up and more conversation starters for your weekend," 15 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Africa Command won’t provide details about the low-profile missions of its commandos, but the American response to mushrooming violence appears to be little more than a retread of earlier efforts. Nick Turse, New York Times, "How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem," 15 Oct. 2020 The second and third seasons proved the point – each successive round was a retread of the first, the plot running on a treadmill, with more fake-out deaths and lots of yelling from Jim Hopper (David Harbour). James Hibberd,, "Why Cobra Kai is a better Netflix show than Stranger Things," 4 Sep. 2020 Goodyear expects its tire, retread and chemical plants in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States to be shut down over the next few days, and will be closed through at least April 3. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Goodyear halts production in North and South America due to coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 The 2020 Democrats are a party of kooks and retreads and charlatans, now reduced to hoping for a pandemic of the coronavirus to give them any room to attack the incumbent. Conrad Black, National Review, "Send Out the Clowns," 11 Mar. 2020 The newly analytic friendly Mike McCarthy is the biggest retread available, but other names such as John Fox shouldn’t be completely discounted. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Four New Year’s resolutions for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 Saban has promoted one retread coach after another from analyst to assistant. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Kirby Smart stealing Scott Cochran an SEC act of war," 24 Feb. 2020 Remember how the Giants completely botched their first transition from Eli Manning, benching him for retread Geno Smith?, "Rarely does it work so smoothly. But as the NFL continues to get younger at quarterback, as offenses are tailored more than ever to the wide-open, run-pass-option styles preferred in the college game, it is definitely happening more often. So when is the right time to commit to a young QB?," 11 Nov. 2019 An uncomplicated retread for the Tennessee senator who, like Mr. Rubio, is not the tallest lawmaker in Washington. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Band of the Insulted: The Nicknames of Trump’s Adversaries," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of retread

Verb (1)

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Retread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of retread

: an old tire whose surface has been given a new layer of rubber
US, informal + disapproving : something that uses ideas, stories, etc., that have been used before

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