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

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