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 Time and again, retread White coaches fail in one city and simply prance across to the next. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 Many genres of music have begun to retread past sounds and aesthetics. Britt Julious,, 26 Nov. 2021 The Chinese retread stars Bai Baihe, Adam Fan (aka Fan Chengcheng) and Cici Wang. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Nov. 2021 The Packers do not know if future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers will report, the Bears will either turn to rookie Justin Fields or retread Andy Dalton, while the Lions traded Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Furthermore, many arguments for repealing the $600 boost retread the old stereotype of a jobless worker on the government dole. CNN, 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, 25 May 2020 But Miller’s film does a lot more than just retread familiar history. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, 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, 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In many ways, Sunday’s event felt like a retread of the last debate to feature these five candidates, with criticism once again trained on Caruso, which in turn enabled him to receive extra debate time to respond and make his case. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 The festival won’t be a retread of the 2020 program. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 So whereas the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will scrap the notch for a polarizing ‘i-sore’ cutout and new A16 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 14 will be a minor retread of the iPhone 13 with both the same design, its 2021 A15 chip and no ProMotion. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 This is a retread of her last Update appearance, which is a bit disappointing. Andy Hoglund,, 21 Jan. 2022 Sour sweetened the pop music scene, but at the end of 2021, she got eclipsed by Taylor Swift with Red (Taylor’s Version), which was exceptional—but also a retread of an album from 2012. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 20 Dec. 2021 Going into the highly anticipated end of Season 3 (dinged by some as a retread of Season 1), all eyes were on Kendall (Jeremy Strong). Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 There’s a kid named Podcast who has a podcast, and the little dude’s not even close to being the most unimaginative aspect of this frustrating retread. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2021 As many have noted in recent weeks and as Shor has acknowledged himself, popularism is largely a retread of very old Democratic ideas. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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