laded; laded or laden ˈlā-dᵊn How to pronounce lade (audio) ; lading

transitive verb

: to put a load or burden on or in : load
: to put or place as a load especially for shipment : ship
: to load heavily or oppressively
: dip, ladle

intransitive verb

: to take on cargo : load
a place for ships to lade
: to take up or convey a liquid by dipping

Examples of lade in a Sentence

the cook laded the stew into small bowls the trucks were heavily laden with produce for the market
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English hladan; akin to Old High German hladan to load, Old Church Slavonic klasti to place

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lade was before the 12th century


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Cite this Entry

“Lade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


laded; laded or laden ˈlād-ᵊn How to pronounce lade (audio) ; lading
: load entry 2 sense 1a
lade a ship
a truck laden with gravel
: to burden heavily
laden with cares
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