Definition of wade in English:

wade

verb

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

    ‘he waded out to the boat’
    • ‘An hour out we came across a swift stream and found a good spot to wade across the icy water.’
    • ‘The pictures show a female gorilla grabbing a branch to gauge the depth of a pool of water before wading across it.’
    • ‘He adds that locals know how busy the event can get, and the thought of wading through dense crowds can discourage people from attending.’
    • ‘The first crew was able to warn another team of miners working behind them, who waded to safety in water up to their necks.’
    • ‘We waded ashore knee-deep in water and then we were bundled into trucks.’
    • ‘At the concert site young workers were wading through a field full of discarded cartons, cans, bottles and plastic glasses.’
    • ‘I set off downstream, walking, wading and scrambling, trying to stay upright on the algae-covered rocks.’
    • ‘Pregnant turtles, too petrified by the commotion to wade ashore at night, are being forced to lay their eggs in the sea, where they cannot hatch.’
    • ‘He dived into the water and waded towards his son.’
    • ‘Like many gulls, the Mew Gull uses a variety of foraging techniques, obtaining food while walking, wading, swimming, or flying.’
    • ‘His second shot again lands in the water, so Peter wades out and retrieves the ball.’
    • ‘They waded out till the water was up to Sybil's waist.’
    • ‘To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.’
    • ‘Is this why my great-uncle waded ashore at Gallipoli, and my father fought in the Middle East, and my uncle spent years as a POW?’
    • ‘There were children building sandcastles and surfers wading out into the water carrying their surf boards under their arms.’
    • ‘Most fishing is done from drift boats, because fluctuating water levels can make wading dangerous.’
    • ‘It was lovely just sitting in the sunshine, watching other people wading about in the water.’
    • ‘It took him three hours to wade though waist-high water too deep to take his two children with him.’
    • ‘Most of the water is ideal for wading and one could reach long distances but with care, as there were some sharp drops into deep holes in the center of the river.’
    • ‘It was as much a new world to me then as it was to those earliest Europeans who waded ashore nearly 500 years before me.’
    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’
      • ‘He, of course, was wading the Tweed in February, without waders.’
      • ‘In the evening, if you stand on the Roman bridge, you can watch men wading the torpid cressy river, carrying pans.’
      • ‘If you're wading the flats, shuffle your feet - then if any rays are around they will pick up the vibrations and move away.’
      • ‘Every day brought similar exciting fishing, some of the best when wading the shallows near the reef.’
      • ‘Sometimes I would walk for days in the woods, checking snares, tracking deer, wading the river, just walking.’
      • ‘Don't try wading the flats like the locals do on your first trip.’
      • ‘It is possible to walk round the loch, but you might have to wade the river at its southern end to reach the track which will return you to the Lodge.’
      • ‘When wading the flats, you don't walk but shuffle your feet.’
      • ‘All the other competitors were paired up in boats, while I struggled against a howling head wind, wading the brackish water from the bank.’
      • ‘The next morning, while wading a long stretch of the river, I begin to sink in sand.’
      • ‘The rivers never have seen a dam, and the fish never have seen a hatchery, and the angler wading a remote gravel bar stands in the company of bears and eagles and wolves.’
      • ‘We wade the cold water, fishing for an hour in the driving rain.’
      • ‘It took me twenty minutes to wade the one hundred metres back to our hotel.’
      • ‘Some people make sport of wading the Waddenzee at low tide wearing big rubber boots.’
      • ‘We will be wading some very big flats hunting big bones in very shallow water.’
      • ‘We waded the first river barefoot, chilly but by no means unpleasant on such a warm day.’
      • ‘I waded the chilly waters of the Avon just above the point known as Ath na Fiann.’
      • ‘It can seem on prime summer days that only a handful of Texas' half-million coastal anglers are not wading the bays or surf.’
      • ‘He first got hooked on fish as a boy wading the streams of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.’
      • ‘The anglers waded the river from John Fallon Bridge down to the Silver Swan Hotel on Saturday, July 26.’
    2. 1.2wade through Read laboriously through (a long piece of writing)
      ‘they could just click it up on screen rather than have to wade through some hefty document’
      • ‘However, I can resent having to wade through a piece only to come to the end and find nothing of value was said.’
      • ‘We could imagine some clerks wading through rows and rows of files.’
      • ‘Catching up with stuff, wading through rather a lot of email, usual thing.’
      • ‘If, after wading through the details above, you still want go through with it, you will need someone to officiate.’
      • ‘You don't have to wade through reams of reports or write them yourself.’
      • ‘We are still wading through the piles of responses with reader feedback.’
      • ‘It's a peculiar feeling, wading through hundreds of old photographs and loading them into photo galleries.’
      • ‘There are more than 1,500 scans of such documentation for you to wade through.’
      • ‘Businesses in the UK are reckoned to be losing up to £3.2bn a year wading through the junk.’
      • ‘Identifying a client's requirements and wading through individual properties on the market takes time and dedication.’
      • ‘This ought to be a simple enough question but wading through Railtrack's Financial Reports I am left none the wiser.’
      • ‘As a PhD student in politics and international relations I am wading through security related analysis every day.’
      • ‘Who else would wade through every issue and still have the energy to read my column?’
      • ‘Why spend the next four years of weekends memorising facts, cranking out essays, and wading through texts if all you want is to graduate?’
      • ‘Employers are busy people and wading through hundreds of CVs is a time-consuming process.’
      • ‘She's just surfaced, blinking like a mole, after wading through 50,000 pages of fiction in her role as a Booker Prize judge.’
      • ‘I've been wading through less spam lately thanks to a tip I got.’
      • ‘Arriving at the office I fired up the computer and started wading through the 105 e-mails I'd received during my week off.’
      • ‘The actions have left Kiely's senior team wading through paperwork.’
      • ‘You've been wading through these figures line by line for several years now.’
      work one's way, plough, plod, trawl, proceed with difficulty, labour, toil away at, plug away at
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  • 2informal no object, with adverbial Intervene in (something) or attack (someone) vigorously or forcefully.

    ‘Seb waded into the melee and started to beat off the boys’
    • ‘Sir Cyril also waded into the debate about the merits of state and private schools and university entrance.’
    • ‘However, the aim of this article is not to bemoan irresponsible legislation, wade into a controversial issue or attack the ‘evils’ of our society.’
    • ‘He wades into the melee, stocky arms thrust out to separate the protagonists.’
    • ‘Eyewitnesses say they waded into the students and beat them.’
    • ‘Then Sainsbury's and Tesco said they were wading into cheap telecoms, too.’
    • ‘A man has been jailed for four months after wading into a fight to help a friend he mistakenly thought was being attacked.’
    • ‘Morrissey has once again courted controversy by wading into the US presidential election battle.’
    • ‘Consider the small number of governors who waded into controversy in the past year over their handling of state government.’
    • ‘Sachin Tendulkar wades into critics of his new batting style.’
    • ‘Lay down the law on all of this and you risk wading into a swamp of disputes about context and ownership.’
    attack, set upon, assault, launch oneself at, weigh into, fly at, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, fall on, jump at, jump on, lunge at, charge, rush, storm
    get involved in, intervene in, get to work on, set to work on, tackle
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    1. 2.1wade in Make a vigorous attack or intervention.
      ‘Nicola waded in and grabbed the baby’
      • ‘The picture below left shows police wading in after trouble following the Liverpool match.’
      • ‘The English teacher then wades in and informs me all first year teachers do it and she did it last year.’
      • ‘That afternoon the Fed and the Treasury waded in, buying $600 million worth of dollars in exchange for marks and yen.’
      • ‘But the police waded in attacking people indiscriminately.’
      • ‘Then, just when I thought that the issue was dead and buried, in wades the First Minister with a declaration about how he intends to improve Scotland's eating habits.’
      • ‘The reaction of others who heard this interview tends to confirm that listeners didn't need to have the interviewer wade in on their behalf.’
      • ‘This didn't prevent opposition MSPs from wading in with both feet.’
      • ‘The confusion develops focus then, security men wading in, jumping on a middle-aged man who is shouting something about medical negligence.’
      • ‘Hundreds of armed police rushed on to the pitch and waded in as fists flew among the players.’
      • ‘A struggle took place which led to the driver getting out of the car and wading in.’
      move in, set to, set to work, pitch in, buckle down, go to it, put one's shoulder to the wheel
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noun

  • 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 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.’
    • ‘A wade along an October pond bank is a good way to water those roots.’
    • ‘A short wade out to sea, the bottom plates, remnants of the ship's engines and boiler lie collapsed upon themselves.’
    • ‘The Bone Cave experience begins with an icy wade across the Duck River and part of the mouth of Bashaw Creek.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

wade

/weɪd/