To wade is to walk through water. If you've been fishing without a boat, you'll have to wade to reach your precious prize (if it gets away, you can brag about how big it was).

When you wade, it doesn't have to literally be through a liquid; wading includes any action that involves a laborious slog through something that offers resistance. For example, you might attempt to wade through a huge book like Moby Dick. And if you want to get into a fight? Wade right on into the brawling crowd. Or if it's verbal fisticuffs you're after, wade right on in to the debate.

Definitions of wade

v walk (through relatively shallow water)

“Can we wade across the river to the other side?”
wade or dabble in a puddle
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

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