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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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  • From the water's boulder-strewn edge, step into wading pools.
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  • And compliance officers should not spend valuable time wading through coaches' phone records.
  • In another moment it was on the bank, and in a stride wading halfway across.
  • She held both hands at high-thigh level, as if wading.
  • Taking on some of the claims meant wading into some heavy-duty economics.
  • wading through paper litter and pulverized concrete, they tried to approach from the north, but were blocked by heavy smoke.
  • You'd think that wading through gear day after day would get old.
  • We camp frequently and that involves plenty of hiking, wading through water, climbing and playing sports.
British Dictionary definitions for wading

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.
(Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
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Word Origin and History for wading

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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