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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of wade

before 900; Middle English waden to go, wade, Old English wadan to go; cognate with German waten,Old Norse vatha; akin to Old English wæd ford, sea, Latin vadum shoal, ford, vādere to go, rush

OTHER WORDS FROM wade

un·wad·ed, adjectiveun·wad·ing, adjective

Definition for wade (2 of 2)

Wade
[ weyd ]
/ weɪd /

noun

Benjamin Franklin, 1800–78, U.S. lawyer and antislavery politician.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for wade (1 of 2)

wade
/ (weɪd) /

verb

to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc)the girls waded the river at the ford
(intr often foll by through) to proceed with difficultyto wade through a book
(intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically

noun

the act or an instance of wading

Derived forms of wade

wadable or wadeable, adjective

Word Origin for wade

Old English wadan; related to Old Frisian wada, Old High German watan, Old Norse vatha, Latin vadum ford

British Dictionary definitions for wade (2 of 2)

Wade
/ (weɪd) /

noun

(Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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