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faded; fading

Definition of fade

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intransitive verb

1 : to lose freshness, strength, or vitality : wither fading flowers
2 : to lose freshness or brilliance of color The fabrics faded in the strong sunshine.
3 : to sink away : vanish a fading memory The smile faded from his face.
4 : to change gradually in loudness, strength, or visibility used of a motion-picture image or of an electronics signal and usually with in or outOne scene fades out as the next scene fades in.The radio signal faded out as we got further away from the station.
5 of an automobile brake : to lose braking power gradually
6 : to move back from the line of scrimmage used of a quarterback
7 of a ball or shot : to move in a slight to moderate slice

transitive verb

: to cause to fade time has not completely faded the humor of these verses— G. H. Genzmer



Definition of fade (Entry 2 of 3)

b : a gradual changing of one picture to another in a motion-picture or television sequence
2 : a fading of an automobile brake
3 : a slight to moderate and usually intentional slice in golf
4 : a hairstyle similar to a crew cut in which the hair on top of the head stands high
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Definition of fade (Entry 3 of 3)

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fader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fade

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fade in a Sentence

Verb The flowers were fading in the vase. the fading light of late afternoon She was fading fast from the effects of the pneumonia. We watched the ship gradually fade from view as it sailed away. The smile faded from his face. Hopes for a quick end of the crisis are fading fast. Their reasons for leaving have faded from memory. He's trying to recapture the faded glory of his youth. The band's popularity has faded in recent years. The fabric will fade unless you protect it from the sunlight. Noun The movie ends with a fade to black.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In meetings, Gruden would enter the room and take command, and Payton would fade into the background and take notes. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "No sleep, all football: How Sean Payton got his foot in the NFL door thanks to Jon Gruden," 20 Sep. 2020 Meat prices are falling at grocery stores as last spring’s shortages fade and livestock clog farms, benefiting consumers but hurting meatpackers and farmers already hit by Covid-19 disruptions. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Meat Was Once in Short Supply Amid Pandemic. Now, It’s on Sale.," 20 Sep. 2020 For more stories and our pandemic tracker, see our hub IN A CANDID online diary of life under quarantine, Fang Fang, a celebrated author living in Wuhan, recorded her worry that residents’ memories of the agony would fade too quickly. The Economist, "Washing away the tears The bruised city of Wuhan has become a showcase for China," 19 Sep. 2020 For some the virus was just a hoax, a farce that would fade away into oblivion. Rony Ortiz Andrade, Houston Chronicle, "How a COVID diagnosis gave a Houston restaurant worker a new perspective," 17 Sep. 2020 The storm was expected to fade into a remnant low by Thursday. Robin Webb, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Sally could be near Category 2 strength prior to landfall along U.S. Gulf Coast," 14 Sep. 2020 Skullcrusher builds songs that seem to creep into the room, reside for a few vague minutes to make their presence known and then fade away. Star Tribune, "New music review: On her debut, Skullcrusher strikes softly with her songs," 20 Aug. 2020 The thing about aging veterans is that no matter how much their overall skills diminish, their IQ and shooting stroke never fade. oregonlive, "Top 10 factors (aside from Damian Lillard), that allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to rock the NBA bubble, reach playoffs," 17 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile Jimmy Lai and the pink umbrellas and the Mengelian torture chambers of Xinjiang fade further into the horizon. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The Hong Kong protesters were right," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After Burrow spiked the ball on the Bengals last drive of the half, Burrow threw a fade for Green in the back left corner of the end-zone. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Film analysis: Five key plays that defined Joe Burrow's second start for the Bengals," 23 Sep. 2020 After a punt, the second possession went much better, an 85-yard drive with Allar finding junior Drew Hensley on a fade route for a 15-yard score. cleveland, "Allar throws for 414 yards, three touchdowns to lead No. 23 Medina to 34-7 romp over Strongsville," 11 Sep. 2020 Teams were starting to shift greater attention toward Campbell on the outside, often giving a cushion at the line of scrimmage with safety help over the top to combat the fade route that the Spartans pair had mastered. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They led the state in touchdowns by a passing duo last year and are back for more at Martin Luther," 27 Aug. 2020 One of the highlight plays of the day: Fitzpatrick’s fade route to Parker in the red zone with cornerback Byron Jones in coverage. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp report: Edge rushers help defense dominate; Fitzpatrick turns it on in red-zone work," 25 Aug. 2020 These pitch masses will be soft and shiny when the larvae are active, and harden and fade to yellow or white as the infestations age. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Pines oozing sap and browning are likely signs of Zimmerman pine moth infestation. Here’s how to treat it.," 22 Aug. 2020 Quarterback Landon Phipps hit Wonsley on a fade route for the score that tied the game at 7-7. Paul Boyd, Arkansas Online, "Mounties score late to edge Harrison; Springdale shows improved run game," 19 Aug. 2020 In 1-on-1s, quarterback Jameis Winston hit Butler on a fade route while safety Ceedy Duce (formerly known as C.J. Gardner-Johnson) draped him in coverage. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints' Day 1 training camp observations: Andrus Peat absent, center/guard shuffle begins," 17 Aug. 2020 Trotter’s touchdowns came on a 25-yard scramble and lob into the end zone to Jalen Tolbert and a 17-yard fade route to Mo Edwards. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Offense makes small strides in South Alabama’s second scrimmage," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fade


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fade


Middle English, from Anglo-French *fader, from fade feeble, insipid, from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, alteration of Latin fatuus fatuous, insipid


derivative of fade entry 1


Middle English, from Anglo-French

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The first known use of fade was in the 14th century

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“Fade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fade. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lose strength or freshness : to become weaker
: to disappear gradually
: to become less bright : to lose color



English Language Learners Definition of fade (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈfād How to pronounce fade (audio) \
faded; fading

Kids Definition of fade

1 : to lose or cause to lose brightness of color
2 : to dry up : wither The flowers were fading.
3 : to grow dim or faint The path faded out. Her memory faded.

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