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[leyd] /leɪd/
verb (used with object), laded, laden or laded, lading.
to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive):
laden with many responsibilities.
to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive):
trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.
verb (used without object), laded, laden or laded, lading.
to take on a load.
to lade a liquid.
Origin of lade
before 900; Middle English laden, Old English hladan to load, draw up (water); cognate with Dutch laden, German laden, Old Norse hlatha to load. Cf. ladle
Related forms
lader, noun
Can be confused
lade, laid. Unabridged
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  • They carried a gun apiece, and the artillerymen had laded them too far forward.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • And they laded their asses with their corn, and departed thence.

  • Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

  • We laded all the bras shivers and shot abord the Hozeander this day.

  • And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

  • And they laded their asses with the corne and departed thence.

  • And they laded their asses with their grain and departed thence.

    Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares
  • Here were no traces of the fury which had laded the seaport with havoc.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • These she laded among her own goods upon the mule that with her horse had been fetched by Zinti and hastily fed with corn.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • He died of it, and we laded him aboard ship, pickled in a cask of trade rum, and sent him back to his own place.

    The Red One Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for laded


verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən), laded
to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by with. to burden or oppress
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by with. to fill or load
to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
Derived Forms
lader, noun
Word Origin
Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden


/led; leɪd/
(Scot) a watercourse, esp a millstream
Word Origin
of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for laded



Old English hladan (past tense hlod, past participle gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Germanic sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to English), from Proto-Germanic *khlad- (cf. Old Norse hlaða, Old Saxon hladan, Middle Dutch and Dutch laden, Old Frisian hlada "to load," Old High German hladen, German laden), from PIE *kla- "to spread out flat" (cf. Lithuanian kloti "to spread," Old Church Slavonic klado "to set, place").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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