Dictionary

1wade

verb \ˈwād\

: to walk through water

: to move or proceed with difficulty

: to become involved in a discussion, situation, activity, etc., in a forceful, direct, or careless way

wad·edwad·ing

Full Definition of WADE

intransitive verb
1
:  to step in or through a medium (as water) offering more resistance than air
2
:  to move or proceed with difficulty or labor <wade through the crowd> <wade through all the evidence>
3
:  to set to work or attack with determination or vigor —used with in or into <wade into a task>
transitive verb
:  to pass or cross by wading
wad·able or wade·able \ˈwā-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of WADE

  1. We waded into the ocean.
  2. I jumped off the boat and waded back to shore.
  3. Police waded into the crowd.
  4. We waded through the crowded bus station.
  5. It took several weeks to wade through all the evidence.
  6. We waded our way through the crowd.

Origin of WADE

Middle English, from Old English wadan; akin to Old High German watan to go, wade, Latin vadere to go
First Known Use: 13th century

2wade

noun

Definition of WADE

:  an act of wading <a wade in the brook>

First Known Use of WADE

1665
WADEABLE Defined for Kids

wade

verb \ˈwād\
wad·edwad·ing

Definition of WADE for Kids

1
:  to walk through something (as water, snow, or a crowd) that makes it hard to move
2
:  to pass or cross by stepping through water <We decided to wade the stream.>
3
:  to proceed with difficulty <She's wading through paperwork.>

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Wade–GilesPrevious Word in the Dictionary: waddy (noun)All Words Near: wade
July 02, 2015
apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears