transitive verb trod, treaded, trodden, trod, treaded, treading
- to walk on, in, along, across, over, etc.
- to do or follow by walking, dancing, etc.: treading the measures briskly
- to press or beat with the feet so as to crush or injure; trample
- to oppress or subdue, as if by stepping on
- to copulate with (the female): said of a bird
ME treden < OE tredan, akin to Ger treten < IE *dreu- < base *drā, to run, step > trap