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wade

verb \ ˈwād \

Definition of wade

waded; wading
intransitive verb
1 :to step in or through a medium (such as water) offering more resistance than air
2 :to move or proceed with difficulty or labor
  • wade through the crowd
  • wade through all the evidence
3 :to set to work or attack with determination or vigor used with in or into
  • wade into a task
transitive verb
:to pass or cross by wading

wadable

or wadeable play \ˈwā-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of wade in a Sentence

  1. We waded into the ocean.

  2. I jumped off the boat and waded back to shore.

  3. Police waded into the crowd.

  4. We waded through the crowded bus station.

  5. It took several weeks to wade through all the evidence.

  6. We waded our way through the crowd.

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Origin and Etymology of wade

Middle English, from Old English wadan; akin to Old High German watan to go, wade, Latin vadere to go


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wade

noun

Definition of wade

:an act of wading
  • a wade in the brook

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First Known Use of wade

1665


WADE Defined for English Language Learners

wade

verb

Definition of wade for English Language Learners

  • : to walk through water

  • : to move or proceed with difficulty

  • : to become involved in a discussion, situation, activity, etc., in a forceful, direct, or careless way


WADE Defined for Kids

wade

verb \ ˈwād \

Definition of wade for Students

waded; wading
1 :to walk through something (as water, snow, or a crowd) that makes it hard to move
2 :to pass or cross by stepping through water
  • We decided to wade the stream.
3 :to proceed with difficulty
  • She's wading through paperwork.


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