\ ˈlād How to pronounce lade (audio) \
laded; laded or laden\ ˈlā-​dᵊn How to pronounce lade (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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Lade most often occurs in its past participle form laden, as shown in our examples. There is also 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," came to be around the same time but is now obsolete. 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
Recent Examples on the Web An Air Force plane laden with medical supplies arrived in Russia, which is one of the world's biggest coronavirus hot spots. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 21 May 2020 While dating sites and apps can be convenient ways to meet a special someone, many singles find that the road to love is often laden with potholes and pitfalls. Charanna Alexander, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2020 Its walkways are bedecked with colourful lanterns, its stalls laden with dumplings, its entrances flanked by dozens of security guards to handle crowds. The Economist, 30 Jan. 2020 To welcome the new season, celebrants symbolically release their fears and regrets on boats laden with flowers, incense, and candles. National Geographic, 28 Oct. 2019 With its wide windows looking out on Taco Mama diners, the tables and shelves laden with books and gifts, and the scent of coffee wafting through the room, the shop quickly found a place in the hearts of its Auburn customers. Giana Han, al, 9 Apr. 2020 The attackers burned 18 vehicles laden with food and other goods that were intended to be taken to a market the next day. Aj Willingham, CNN, 11 Feb. 2020 In the attack Wednesday, a vehicle laden with explosives targeted the southern part of the base, the site of a medical facility that was under construction., 13 Dec. 2019 From Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II gave her annual Christmas Day speech sitting near tables laden with photographs of her family. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Lade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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