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verb (used with object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.
  1. to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
  2. to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive): laden with many responsibilities.
  3. to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive): trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
  4. to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.
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verb (used without object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.
  1. to take on a load.
  2. to lade a liquid.
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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 formslad·er, noun
Can be confusedlade laid
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verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən) or laded
  1. to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
  2. (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to burden or oppress
  3. (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to fill or load
  4. to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
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Derived Formslader, noun

Word Origin

Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden


  1. Scot a watercourse, esp a millstream
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Word Origin

of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for lade


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").

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