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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyd]
    • /weɪd/
    • /weɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyd]
    • /weɪd/

Definitions of wade word

  • verb without object wade to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading. 1
  • verb without object wade to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon. 1
  • verb without object wade to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud. 1
  • verb without object wade to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book. 1
  • verb without object wade Obsolete. to go or proceed. 1
  • verb with object wade to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream. 1

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Origin of wade

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Wade


wade popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wade usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wade

verb wade

  • paddle — a short, flat bladed oar for propelling and steering a canoe or small boat, usually held by both hands and moved more or less through a vertical arc.
  • stride — to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience, or arrogance.
  • walk — to advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; proceed by steps; move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion and two or more feet on the ground in quadrupedal locomotion.
  • splash — to wet or soil by dashing masses or particles of water, mud, or the like; spatter: Don't splash her dress!
  • plod — to walk heavily or move laboriously; trudge: to plod under the weight of a burden.

Antonyms for wade

verb wade

  • avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
  • conclude — If you conclude that something is true, you decide that it is true using the facts you know as a basis.
  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  • end — Come or bring to a final point; finish.
  • finish — to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.

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