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verb pad pronunciation in American English /pæd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypad
he/she/itpads
present participlepadding
past tensepadded
past participlepadded
  1. 1
    [transitive] to cover or fill something with a soft substance in order to protect it

    The helmet is padded with foam.

    1. a.
      to cover or fill something with a soft substance in order to make it more comfortable

      Layers of foam mat can be used to pad the seat.

    2. b.
      to cover or fill something with a soft substance in order to make it bigger or to change its shape

      He had to pad his belly and cheeks for the role.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to walk with quiet light regular steps
    pad across/down/into etc.:

    He got out of bed and padded across the carpet.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to put false amounts or information on a document so that you get more money than you should

    charges involving millions of dollars in padded contracts

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