Definition of retread in US English:



Pronunciation /riˈtrɛd//rēˈtred/
  • 1with object Go back over (a path or one's steps)

    ‘they never retread the same ground’
    • ‘The heist comedy is a genre unto itself, but there is danger in retreading familiar ground.’
    • ‘By night one thousand, even Scheherazade's fertile imagination had begun to fail; she was reduced to retreading the names of her characters.’
    • ‘He said the current consultation appeared to be retreading old ground and said he was disappointed that the commission hadn't been approached to clarify any issues of concern.’
    • ‘I find it disturbing that this ground has to be retrodden.’
    • ‘Amid the tears, there are justifications, counter-arguments, pleadings, denials, arguments, old ground retrodden, infidelities relived, memories burnished and then sullied - but there are definitely tears.’
    • ‘Moby has taken the elements that made his previous album a winner and deepened them, made better use of them to come up with a record that succeeds as often as it retreads.’
    • ‘‘Out Of Sight’ is a passable song, but retreads the same ground Blue Wonder did, a disappointment considering the adventurous nature of the group.’
    • ‘People already play games on mobile phones, but the impact on the traditional gaming market has not been significant because we're really not much further than retreading old 80s computer games.’
    • ‘The program has drawn criticism in recent years for retreading the same material, throwing too many stars together in group performances, and having too many dance numbers.’
    • ‘I'm against the principle of retreading ground unless you have something new to say.’
    • ‘To this reader, her book suffers a good deal from her decision to retread her dissertation as the introductory and methodological chapter of the book.’
    • ‘Most of them retread old ground, with very little new being added to the scholarship on Southern African rock art or San ethnology.’
    • ‘Saville himself retreaded the color pattern in the artwork for Section 25's album From the Hip, only a year after the original, and much more interestingly.’
    • ‘Sky Captain retreads the familiar superhero-cub reporter relationship while borrowing liberally from H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, and throwing in ‘Man in the Black Hat’ villainy for good measure.’
    • ‘The plot retreads some of the events of the first installment of the game.’
    • ‘By co-opting the elements of soul and jazz that were considered great, Malik and Donnelly are merely retreading territory that does not need to be retread.’
    • ‘I agree with you that retreading the 2000 election is something that has been discussed ad nauseam, however it gives his story a point of reference.’
    • ‘Instead of retreading other artists' material, SND have turned in an interesting and original piece of work on Tender Love.’
    • ‘Its lyrics unashamedly retread the themes of guns, murder, robbery and drugs.’
    • ‘It's interesting to see the different spins the TV spots give the movie, but they basically retread the same footage.’
  • 2with object Put a new tread on (a worn tire).

    • ‘But truck, bus, aircraft, and fire-engine tires are still regularly and safely retreaded, and yours can be too.’
    • ‘Equipment was imported from France for retreading tyres and the area's first remould business was founded.’
    • ‘Once common nationwide, retreading tires (instead of replacing them) fell out of favor as the price of both oil and tires plummeted.’
    • ‘Some are retreaded, and the rest are dumped in landfills.’
    • ‘Moreover, with its deeper tread and a super-strong carcass, the L06S tire can be retreaded too.’


Pronunciation /ˈriˌtrɛd//ˈrēˌtred/
  • 1A tire that has been given a new tread.

    British term remold
    • ‘There's a shelf or two of tyres around another corner - new, second-hand and retreads.’
    • ‘However, we have sold over 100,000 of these retreads in Australia over the last several years.’
    • ‘Each year Britain produces around 50 million waste tyres of which 63 per cent are recovered and used as retreads, fuel or for athletic track surfaces, while the rest are put into landfill sites.’
    • ‘Since a retread replaces just the outside, reusing the body, it requires 70 percent less oil and energy than producing a new tire.’
    • ‘However, Neer's spokesman suggested the cause of the accident could have been speeding and the use of tyre retreads.’
    1. 1.1informal A person retrained for new work or recalled for service.
      • ‘Jenkins was considered a second tier candidate simply because he was a retread.’
      • ‘He is new to Nova Scotia, he is a retread that has come into provincial politics.’
    2. 1.2North American informal A superficially altered version of an original.
      ‘a retread of the 30s romantic comedy’
      • ‘Some of the plot contrivances evoke memories of his character in The Truman Show, but the actor avoids the temptation to merely present a retread, turning in arguably his finest portrayal to date.’
      • ‘What stops this being a mere retread of studio highlights is that indefinable quality one can only refer to as feeling.’
      • ‘The story is mostly a retread of clichéd material and does not offer any new or significant plot developments.’
      • ‘As an author of a romantic comedy myself, I do understand that it is difficult to make the genre seem fresh after many miserable retreads.’
      • ‘The same is true for much of the album as a whole - this is no mere retread of Ether Song or The Optimist, but a furthering of the Turin Brakes' journey which is well worth hitching a ride on.’
      • ‘In the tradition of great pop/jazz singers like Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, Cole infuses everything she touches with a personal edge that makes her versions of standards true interpretations rather than retreads.’
      • ‘The whole book has the feel of being a retread of issues that have already been quite well publicised.’
      • ‘This is both the promise and the curse of the sequel, as it must be more than a pure retread of the original story (lest the audience be bored), yet include enough of the familiar from the original to make it a familiar landscape.’
      • ‘And, as is so often the case with Hollywood productions nowadays, everything plays strictly to formula, drifting into a tiresome retread of countless other movies - ie, you can guess the ending a mile off.’
      • ‘The tracks contained within are no mere retreads but carefully constructed reinterpretations that update and pay homage to the original in mostly excellent fashion.’
      • ‘The Hard Way is one of those films that upon first glance looks about the same as any other cop-buddy film, just another Lethal Weapon retread.’
      • ‘The British comedy Mean Machine is doubly unnecessary - it's not only a remake of the superior 1974 film The Longest Yard, it's also a retread of last year's Greenfingers.’
      • ‘There are also three new tracks, including recent single Perfect Love, interspersed throughout to continue the feeling that you're not merely listening to a retread.’
      • ‘The allegory transforms what would be a tired, preachy historical retread into a readable narrative.’
      • ‘The film's middle section is largely a retread in the vein of Presumed Innocent or No Way Out, in which the hero juggles evidence and witnesses to try and stay one step ahead of his own investigation.’
      • ‘While it may play like a retread of hundreds of other King creations, Kingdom Hospital still manages to maintain its own individual integrity thanks to the skill of the man behind the pen.’
      • ‘Gardener could have easily become a tired spy movie retread, but director Meirelles gives it a major push above the conventions of the genre.’
      • ‘The most recent news pouring out of Hollywood this week has only worked to reinforce the criticisms that remakes and retreads are at the top of next year's production lists.’
      • ‘Knowing that, should I be terribly surprised that the whole film feels pretty much like a tired old retread of at least a dozen earlier films?’
      • ‘Most of the works are retreads of earlier works by the same artists or other Mille Plateaux releases.’