wade

verb
\ ˈwād How to pronounce wade (audio) \
waded; wading

Definition of wade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 intowade into a task

transitive verb

: to pass or cross by wading

wade

noun

Definition of wade (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of wading a wade in the brook

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Other Words from wade

Verb

wadable or wadeable \ ˈwā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce wadeable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of wade in a Sentence

Verb We waded into the ocean. I jumped off the boat and waded back to shore. Police waded into the crowd. We waded through the crowded bus station. It took several weeks to wade through all the evidence. We waded our way through the crowd.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet deep to get to safety. Author: Chevel Johnson, Janet Mcconnaughey, Anchorage Daily News, "Flooding swamps New Orleans; possible hurricane coming next," 11 July 2019 Tim Aylen, a photojournalist working for the Associated Press, had to wade through chest-high floodwaters after escaping his Freeport home with his 12-year-old daughter Julia Aylen, and his 17-year-old son, Matthew Aylen. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian stories of survival emerge from devastated Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019 His testimony, however sparse, will convert from dense paragraphs into plain English a document many in America have yet to wade through. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Mueller to take center stage at Russia probe hearings," 24 July 2019 Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet deep to get to safety. Author: Chevel Johnson, Janet Mcconnaughey, Anchorage Daily News, "Flooding swamps New Orleans; possible hurricane coming next," 11 July 2019 Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet (1.22 meters) deep to get to safety. Washington Post, "Flooding swamps New Orleans; possible hurricane coming next," 10 July 2019 Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet deep to get to safety. Chevel Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Storm floods streets of New Orleans, which could soon face a hurricane," 10 July 2019 Chandris Rethmeyer lost her car to the flood and had to wade through water about 4 feet deep to get to safety. CBS News, "Flooding hits New Orleans as possible hurricane looms," 10 July 2019 The Portland State Vikings wade into the 2019 season on Saturday at Arkansas. oregonlive, "Saturday’s game against Auburn is a chance for Oregon coach Mario Cristobal to make good: Issues & Answers," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trout remain active in the rivers on the west side on topwaters and Slick lures, and in the surf at Dauphin Island at dawn for wade-fishers. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Find out what’s biting as fall finally arrives," 11 Oct. 2019 Schindler and his assistant, Eli Fournier, an undergraduate at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, wade upstream, counting salmon. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine," 26 Sep. 2019 People who live on cream cheese–filled doughnuts, swimming in their sepulcher vans surrounded by garden gnomes, tea wades, and packs of baseball cards with stale sticks of gum from who knows what year. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 What had started as a frisky romance built of the alluring but classically patronizing male-director/female-star relationship quickly devolves into a jokey wade into a petulant, misanthropic mind. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "'Godard Mon Amour' isn't as smart or funny a sendup as it wants to be," 19 Apr. 2018 After busting out a flurry of impressive shimmies, spins and swings for 25 seconds straight, Zola cools down and goes back to enjoying a relaxing wade in his pool. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Breakdancing Zoo Gorilla Could Star in a Flashdance Reboot Right Now," 23 June 2017 Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Access limited; trout good on nightcrawlers and pink Power Worms; water too high for normal wade fishing. Bruce Janssen, kansascity.com, "Fishing report for May 4," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of wade

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wade

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for wade

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The first known use of wade was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waded. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for wade

wade

verb
How to pronounce wade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wade

: 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

verb
\ ˈwād How to pronounce wade (audio) \
waded; wading

Kids Definition of wade

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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