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v. wad·ed, wad·ing, wades
To walk in or through water or something else that similarly impedes normal movement.
To cross or pass through (water, for example) with difficulty: wade a swift creek.
The act or an instance of wading.
wade in (or into)
To begin resolutely or energetically to do (something): waded into the task.
To read (something) with great effort: waded through the school's correspondence.
[Middle English waden, from Old English wadan.]
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