wade / wād/ • v. [intr.] walk through water or another liquid or soft substance: we waded ashore. ∎ [tr.] walk through (something filled with water): firefighters waded the waist-deep flood water. ∎ (wade through) read laboriously through (a long piece of writing). ∎ (wade into) inf. get involved in (something) vigorously or forcefully: he waded into the yelling, fighting crowd. ∎ (wade in) inf. make a vigorous attack or intervention: Nicola waded in and grabbed the baby.• n. [in sing.] an act of wading.DERIVATIVES: wad·a·ble (also wade·a·ble) adj.