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wade

[weyd] /weɪd/
verb (used without object), waded, wading.
1.
to walk in water, when partially immersed:
He wasn't swimming, he was wading.
2.
to play in water:
The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.
3.
to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement:
to wade through the mud.
4.
to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through):
to wade through a dull book.
5.
Obsolete. to go or proceed.
verb (used with object), waded, wading.
6.
to pass through or cross by wading; ford:
to wade a stream.
noun
7.
an act or instance of wading:
We went for a wade in the shallows.
Verb phrases
8.
wade in/into,
  1. to begin energetically.
  2. to attack strongly:
    to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English waden to go, wade, Old English wadan to go; cognate with German waten, Old Norse vatha; akin to Old English wæd ford, sea, Latin vadum shoal, ford, vādere to go, rush
Related forms
unwaded, adjective
unwading, adjective
Synonyms
4. labor, toil, plod, plow, work.
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Examples from the web for waded
  • He drove all the way out to the convention center and waded into the madding crowd.
  • However, you've waded into the taller weeds here and you are not making your case.
  • We waded when the water dropped to knee-deep in summer and carried a faint whiff of the sewage treatment plant upstream.
  • Hunters waded into specific areas of the marsh during specific times of the year.
  • They waded into the pond and stirred up the mud with their feet, so as to make the water unfit to drink.
  • Many of their pursuers had waded into the water shaking their fists, but the sea was rough, and they could not reach the pier.
  • The fishermen as they waded near shore had to be careful lest they should step on a sting-ray.
  • Shining with snow-white plumes, large flocks of pelicans waded.
  • Some caution, too, is understandable from central bankers who have waded ever deeper into unconventional monetary policy.
  • Wearing plastic bags around their legs, they bunched together and waded shin-deep through the filthy water.
British Dictionary definitions for waded

wade

/weɪd/
verb
1.
to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc): the girls waded the river at the ford
2.
(intransitive) often foll by through. to proceed with difficulty: to wade through a book
3.
(intransitive; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
noun
4.
the act or an instance of wading
Derived Forms
wadable, wadeable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wadan; related to Old Frisian wada, Old High German watan, Old Norse vatha, Latin vadumford

Wade

/weɪd/
noun
1.
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Word Origin and History for waded

wade

v.

Old English wadan "to go forward, proceed," in poetic use only, except as oferwaden "wade across," from Proto-Germanic *wadan (cf. Old Norse vaða, Danish vade, Old Frisian wada, Dutch waden, Old High German watan, German waten "to wade"), from PIE root *wadh- "to go," found only in Germanic and Latin (cf. Latin vadere "to go," vadum "shoal, ford," vadare "to wade"). Italian guado, French gué "ford" are Germanic loan-words.

Specifically of walking into water from c.1200. Originally a strong verb (past tense wod, past participle wad); weak since 16c. Figurative sense of "to go into" (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Related: Waded; wading.

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