Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To walk in or through water or something else that similarly impedes normal movement.
  • intransitive v. To make one's way arduously: waded through a boring report.
  • transitive v. To cross or pass through (water, for example) with difficulty: wade a swift creek.
  • n. The act or an instance of wading.
  • in To plunge into, begin, or attack resolutely and energetically: waded into the task.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
  • v. to progress with difficulty
  • n. an act of wading

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Woad.
  • n. The act of wading.
  • intransitive v. To go; to move forward.
  • intransitive v. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed �lowly among objects or circumstances that constantly �inder or embarrass.
  • transitive v. To pass or cross by wading.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To walk through any substance that impedes the free motion of the limbs; move by stepping through a fluid or other semiresisting medium: as, to wade through water; to wade through sand or snow.
  • To enter in; penetrate.
  • To move or pass with difficulty or labor, real or apparent; make way against hindrances or embarrassments, as depth, obscurity, or resistance, material or mental.
  • To pass or cross by wading; ford: as, to wade a stream.
  • n. The act of wading: as, a wade in a brook.
  • n. A place where wading is done; a ford.
  • n. A road. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk (through relatively shallow water)
  • n. English tennis player who won many women's singles titles (born in 1945)

Etymologies

Middle English waden, from Old English wadan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wadan, from Proto-Germanic *wadanan, from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- "to go". Cognates include Latin vadere "go, walk; rush" (whence English invade, evade). (Wiktionary)

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  • "The U.N. waded into the mess in 1999, deploying 90 political officers and staffers to the Congo to monitor a short-lived cease-fire." WSJ

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