verb \ˈfād\

: to lose strength or freshness : to become weaker

: to disappear gradually

: to become less bright : to lose color


Full Definition of FADE

intransitive verb
:  to lose freshness, strength, or vitality :  wither <fading flowers>
:  to lose freshness or brilliance of color
:  to sink away :  vanish <a fading memory>
:  to change gradually in loudness, strength, or visibility —used of a motion-picture image or of an electronics signal and usually with in or out
of an automobile brake :  to lose braking power gradually
:  to move back from the line of scrimmage —used of a quarterback
of a ball or shot :  to move in a slight to moderate slice
transitive verb
:  to cause to fade
fad·er noun

Examples of FADE

  1. The flowers were fading in the vase.
  2. the fading light of late afternoon
  3. She was fading fast from the effects of the pneumonia.
  4. We watched the ship gradually fade from view as it sailed away.
  5. The smile faded from his face.
  6. Hopes for a quick end of the crisis are fading fast.
  7. Their reasons for leaving have faded from memory.
  8. He's trying to recapture the faded glory of his youth.
  9. The band's popularity has faded in recent years.
  10. The fabric will fade unless you protect it from the sunlight.

Origin of FADE

Middle English, from Anglo-French *fader, from fade feeble, insipid, from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, alteration of Latin fatuus fatuous, insipid
First Known Use: 14th century



: a gradual change from one picture to another in a movie or television program

Full Definition of FADE

a :  fade-out
b :  a gradual changing of one picture to another in a motion-picture or television sequence
:  a fading of an automobile brake
:  a slight to moderate and usually intentional slice in golf
:  a hairstyle similar to a crew cut in which the hair on top of the head stands high

Examples of FADE

  1. The movie ends with a fade to black.

First Known Use of FADE


Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe

Rhymes with FADE


adjective \ˈfäd\

Definition of FADE

Origin of FADE

Middle English, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 15th century


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