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

     

    wade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//weɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wade
    BrE BrE//weɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪd//
     
    he / she / it wades
    BrE BrE//weɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪdz//
     
    past simple waded
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪdɪd//
     
    past participle waded
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form wading
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪdɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to walk with an effort through something, especially water or mud (+ adv./prep.) He waded into the water to push the boat out. Sometimes they had to wade waist-deep through mud. The men waded ashore. We waded across the stream. wade something They waded the river at a shallow point.
  2. 2(North American English) (British English paddle) [intransitive] to walk or stand with no shoes or socks in shallow water in the sea, a lake, etc. See related entries: Hobbies
  3. Word 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’. Phrasal Verbswade inwade into somebodywade through something
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