Meaning of “wade” in the English Dictionary


"wade" in English

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uk /weɪd/ us /weɪd/

[ I usually + adv/prep, T ] mainly UK to walk through water or other liquid with some effort, because it is deep enough to come quite high up your legs, or thick :

The river was full but we managed to wade across.
We waded a shallow river.
They had to wade through a swamp.

[ I ] US UK paddle to walk in water that is not very deep:

We rolled up our trousers and waded at the edge of the lake.

(Definition of “wade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wade" in American English

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to walk into or through an area of water that is not very deep:

We waded across the stream.
They come to the creek and waded in to drink.

(Definition of “wade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)