tr.v. re·tread·ed, re·tread·ing, re·treads
1. To fit (a worn automotive tire) with a new tread.
2. To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash: retreading a familiar story line.
1. A tire that has been fitted with a new tread.
2. A revision or reworking; a remake or rehash: a trite retread of an old musical.
3. Informal A person who has been retrained for work.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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