\ˈlād \
laded; laded or laden\ˈlā-dᵊn \; 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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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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The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last of the uprising against the 52-year-old Assad who has ruled with an iron fist over Syria for 18 years. Washington Post, "Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt," 12 July 2018 But much of the region’s water is still laden with chemicals, and remediation efforts have been spotty. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 The ubiquitous welcoming antipasti table (pre-Euro zone health department rules) was laden with a dozen dishes all containing eggplant. Evan Kleiman,, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Many components are laden with lead and mercury, cadmium, and other toxins. The Christian Science Monitor, "Thailand takes first step toward total ban of e-waste," 21 June 2018 Bagley’s deal is reportedly worth $2.1 million annually, which pales in comparison to past sneaker contracts for top-three picks, but the contract is laden with incentives, further boosting its value. Matt Giles, Longreads, "Puma’s Ploy to Become Relevant in Basketball Again," 21 June 2018 The hope is Chark will bring playmaking prowess to a receiving corps that overachieved late last year, with rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole lading the way. Andy Benoit,, "NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of Every Second- and Third-Round Pick," 27 Apr. 2018 Like most of the top corporate A.I. labs, which are laden with former and current academics, Google openly publishes much of its A.I. research. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "Google Promises Its A.I. Will Not Be Used for Weapons," 7 June 2018 In that, with her scandal behind her, Kimmy attends a tech conference laden with bros and groanworthy jargon. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "Kimmy Schmidt Is TV's Most Unlikely #MeToo Villain," 7 June 2018

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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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