verb (1)
re·​tread | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtred \
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 \

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 \
re-trod\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈträd \; re-trodden\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈträ-​dᵊn \ or re-trod; re-treading

Definition of re-tread (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to tread again

Examples of retread in a Sentence


The show is just another TV sitcom retread.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Because of what Red Sparrow has accomplished, any future Black Widow film is freed up from having to retread any similar path that a PG-13 movie couldn’t possibly pull off as well. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Red Sparrow' Is Not the Marvel Rip-Off You've Heard It Is," 2 Mar. 2018 The Deminer falls short: the film is solid, topical, dutiful, but always content to retread well-trodden turf. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Deminer': Film Review | IDFA 2017," 27 Nov. 2017 The bias ply is easier to retread while the radial is lighter. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: How pilots respond to a blown tire," 22 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Former Heisman Trophy winners Lamar Jackson, a first-round pick this year, and retread Robert Griffin III have similar games and builds — either could be dynamic option if the stars align. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 Wouldn’t a game with some stakes — a Top 25 Group of Five team against a Top 25 Power Five team, for example — draw more interest than a retread? Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The problem with college football's postseason," 12 June 2018 Prior to his retirement, Bob worked as Manager for Firestone tire and rubber retread shop, the IRS and as Assistant Business Manager for Manchester Community College., "Robert J. Masslon," 27 May 2018 Standing out among the ’80s retreads was Four Wheels, a coffee table designed by William Sawaya of Milan that paid affectionate tribute to Gae Aulenti’s 1980 classic: a low slab of glass on four functioning wheels. New York Times, "Where Is Design Going?," 2 May 2018 Con: The definition of a retread, having been fired twice (also with Portland Trail Blazers). Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons front office targets: Chauncey Billups among big names," 8 May 2018 Of the many names bandied about in the past week for these six openings – and there are multiple candidates for each of them – there seemingly aren’t many retreads being targeted. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts coaching search: Could hiring a retread be a mistake?," 4 Jan. 2018 With the Ken Hitchcock reunion having belly flopped in a pile of average, the Dallas Stars did not grab another retread to coach their team back to relevance. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Success level of new Stars coach will decide fate of his general manager | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 The Browns passed on the QB class, deciding to ride out the season with a retread. Bud Shaw,, "The Browns show lots of confidence in Baker Mayfield and the process that led them to him -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs," 1 May 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

: something that uses ideas, stories, etc., that have been used before

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