lade

verb
\ ˈlād How to pronounce lade (audio) \
laded; laded or laden\ ˈlā-​dᵊn How to pronounce laden (audio) \; lading

Definition of lade

transitive verb

1a : to put a load or burden on or in : load
b : to put or place as a load especially for shipment : ship
c : to load heavily or oppressively
2 : dip, ladle

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for lade

Synonyms

bucket, dip, ladle, scoop, spoon

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Did You Know?

Most of us know lade in its past participle form laden, as shown in our examples. Likely also familiar is the adjective laden, best distinguished from the verb by its placement before nouns, as in "laden ships" or "a laden heart." (The adjective is also at work in hyphenated terms like "sugar-laden.") Lade has been in use for more than a millennium and formerly had a nominal counterpart: the noun lade meaning "load" or "cargo" dates from around the same time but hasn't been in use since the early 16th century. A few short decades after it faded from active use, the noun lading took on the same meaning. Lading is still in use and appears most often in "bill of lading"-a term referring to a document that lists goods being shipped and specifies the terms of their transport.

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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His arms are laden with bracelets; his fingers stacked with rings; his ears pierced with a cluster of glittering hoops. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Anwar Hadid Wants Everyone to Wear His Unisex Jewelry Label," 8 Apr. 2019 Portable nuclear reactors are also useful for conflicts such as Iraq or Afghanistan, where convoys laden with diesel fuel are at risk of ambush. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Critics Roast the Department of Defense’s Battlefield Nuclear Reactor," 25 Feb. 2019 Monthly magazines feature cover stories laden with symbols of summer: watermelons and flip flops, outdoor picnic baskets and lemonade, fireworks and lots of red white and blue. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Memorial Day represents more than just the start of summer," 16 May 2018 Outside, curvaceous trees laden with pinkish-white flowers sway in the wind. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Some animals and a few people on foot or motorcycles, along with a couple of cargo trucks laden with sacks of alpaca fleece. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Given that this is a royal wedding, the bridal bouquet will be laden with significance. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers," 3 Oct. 2018 Serums play an essential role in Ogunlesi’s skin-care routine, too, with SkinCeuticals vitamin-C laden CE Ferulic and ZO Medical’s Daily Power Defense both in regular rotation. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "For This Solange-Approved Designer, Moisturizer Is More Important Than Makeup," 1 Nov. 2018 Given that this is a royal wedding, Eugenie's bridal bouquet was also laden with significance. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers are a Celebration of Fall," 12 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of lade

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

History and Etymology for lade

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

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