- To wade is to walk through a shallow area of water or other substance or to move slowly through something tedious.
- An example of wade is when you walk through two feet of water on the edge of a lake.
- An example of wade is when you slowly read through a long and dense book.
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- to walk through any substance, as water, mud, snow, sand, tall grass, etc., that offers resistance
- to walk about in shallow water, as for amusement
- to go forward with effort or difficulty: to wade through a long report
- ☆ Informal to move energetically into action; attack with vigor: with in or into
- Obsolete to go; proceed; pass
Origin: Middle English waden from OE, to go, akin to German waten, to wade from Indo-European base an unverified form wādh-, to go, stride forward from source Classical Latin vadere, to go, vadare, to wade
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verb wad·ed, wad·ing, wades verb, intransitive
- To walk in or through water or something else that similarly impedes normal movement.
- To make one's way arduously: waded through a boring report.
Origin: Middle English waden, from Old English wadan.
, Benjamin Franklin 1800-1878.