wade in

wade in
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyd in]
    • /weɪd ɪn/
    • /weɪd ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyd in]
    • /weɪd ɪn/

Definitions of wade in words

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

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Origin of wade in

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 in


wade in 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for wade in

verb wade in

  • do one's bit — a small piece or quantity of anything: a bit of string.
  • get cracking — to break without complete separation of parts; become fissured: The plate cracked when I dropped it, but it was still usable.
  • get going — an offspring or the total of the offspring, especially of a male animal: the get of a stallion.
  • go to it — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.
  • hop it — to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.

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