Simple Definition of wade
: 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
Full Definition of wade
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>
: to pass or cross by wading
Examples of wade
We waded into the ocean.
I jumped off the boat and waded back to shore.
Police waded into the crowd.
We waded through the crowded bus station.
It took several weeks to wade through all the evidence.
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
Definition of wade
: an act of wading <a wade in the brook>
First Known Use of wade
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