Definition of parade verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they parade
    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪd//
    he / she / it parades
    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪdz//
    past simple paraded
    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪdɪd//
    past participle paraded
    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪdɪd//
    -ing form parading
    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪdɪŋ//
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    walk to celebrate/protest
  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to walk somewhere in a formal group of people, in order to celebrate or protest about something The victorious team will parade through the city tomorrow morning.
  2. show in public
  3. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk around in a way that makes other people notice you People were parading up and down showing off their finest clothes.
  4. 3[transitive] parade somebody/something + adv./prep. to show somebody/something in public so that people can see them/it The trophy was paraded around the stadium. The prisoners were paraded in front of the crowd. (figurative) He is not one to parade his achievements.
  5. of soldiers
  6. 4[intransitive, transitive] to come together, or to bring soldiers together, in order to march in front of other people + adv./prep. The crowds applauded as the guards paraded past. parade somebody + adv./prep. The colonel paraded his men before the Queen.
  7. pretend
  8. 5[intransitive, transitive] to pretend to be, or to make somebody/something seem to be, good or important when they are not parade as something myth parading as fact parade somebody/something/yourself as something He paraded himself as a loyal supporter of the party.
  9. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, literally ‘a showing’, from Spanish parada and Italian parata, based on Latin parare ‘prepare, furnish’.
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