wade  /ˈweɪd/  verb

  • 1  to walk through water

    [no object]

    • We waded into the ocean.
    • I jumped off the boat and waded back to shore.
    • They took off their sandals and waded at the edge of the pond.

    [+ object]

    • They waded the river. [=they crossed the river by walking through the water]

    2 a : to move or proceed with difficulty

    [no object]

    • Police waded into the crowd.
    • We waded through the crowded bus station.
    • It took several weeks to wade through all the evidence.

    [+ object]

    • We waded our way through the crowd.

    2 b [no object] : to become involved in a discussion, situation, activity, etc., in a forceful, direct, or careless way — usually + in or into

    • Most politicians would have tried to avoid the subject, but he waded right in.
    • She waded right into their argument.