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-trod (audio) \; re-trodden\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈträ-​dᵊn How to pronounce re-trodden (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 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 The first episode of Dissect’s third season, released Tuesday, begins by retreading the once-interminable timeline between channel ORANGE and blond(e). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 But much of the evidence also retreaded or expanded on ground covered last summer when the first preliminary hearing was held for 18 members. Susan Snyder,, "Judge drops most serious charges against Penn State frat brothers in Tim Piazza's death," 28 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the celebrity and social media influence of these new and retread socialists has been on the upswing — especially in the current 21st century climate of radical transformations in economic and political life. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Victor Davis Hanson: Why socialism, and why now?," 30 Aug. 2019 Strapped for ideas, the federation hired retread Bruce Arena. Ann Killion,, "U.S. Soccer entrusted with replacing coach Jill Ellis. What could go wrong?," 31 July 2019 The entire rebellion plot feels like a lackluster retread of season 1’s efforts to overthrow a different tyrant ruling Krypton. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Rent control opponents, including real estate interest groups, who describe the legislation as a retread of the old initiative, raised a whopping $76 million to defeat Prop. 10. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Rent control measure moves closer to the ballot," 26 June 2019 Can more original content that looks and sounds the same pull in similar box office numbers, or is the studio better off carting out endless retreads of its most classic movies? Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, November 2018," 6 Sep. 2018 The Triton 900 is more or less a retread of the Dell XPS 12, while the Mothership is basically a gaming version of a Microsoft Surface Pro (the big, chunky, first-generation one). Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bring on the Wacky Convertible Gaming Laptops," 7 Jan. 2019 Many of the more forward-looking agreements, such as those on digital trade protections, were borrowed from the TPP — basically a retread of negotiations already completed. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019," 17 Aug. 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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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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