Definition of wade in English:


Pronunciation /wād/ /weɪd/

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no object, with adverbial
  • 1Walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance.

    ‘he waded out to the boat’
    • ‘in the absence of a jetty we waded ashore’
    • ‘he took off his boots to wade in a stream near camp’
    paddle, wallow, dabble, slop, squelch, trudge, plod
    ford, cross, traverse, walk across, make one's way across
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    1. 1.1with object Walk through (something filled with water)
      • ‘I waded ditches instead of finding easier crossing places’


in singular
  • An act of wading.

    ‘The cave is a respectable size but we didn't follow it far, since after 30m a wade degenerated into a full on swim.’
    • ‘The Bone Cave experience begins with an icy wade across the Duck River and part of the mouth of Bashaw Creek.’
    • ‘A short wade out to sea, the bottom plates, remnants of the ship's engines and boiler lie collapsed upon themselves.’
    • ‘A wade along an October pond bank is a good way to water those roots.’
    • ‘The three rivers can become impassable after rain, and trampers usually traverse west to east, so that the river wades are predictable at the time of departure.’

Phrasal Verbs

    wade in
    • Make a vigorous attack or intervention.

      • ‘the elderly man waded in and wrestled the robber to the floor’
    wade into
    • wade into someone or somethingIntervene in a situation or attack someone vigorously or forcefully.

      ‘Seb waded into the melee and started to beat off the boys’
      • ‘Vincent waded into his father with such anger’
    wade through
    • wade through somethingRead laboriously through a long piece of writing.

      • ‘they could just click it up on screen rather than have to wade through some hefty document’


Old English wadan ‘move onward’, also ‘penetrate’, from a Germanic word meaning ‘go (through)’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vadere ‘go’.