\ ˈfād How to pronounce fade (audio) \
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 As women age their health concerns are often ignored as women themselves are expected to fade away into oblivion. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Glamour, "Are You There, God? It’s Me, Menopause," 19 Oct. 2020 In some yards, mushrooms appear again and again in the same spot, often in a ring, and then fade away. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Mushrooms are a healthy sign in your lawn — but can mean trouble on a tree," 18 Oct. 2020 Historically, that support tends to fade away as voters grow in age, but Owens suggests that this year’s numbers might reflect a sign of the times. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Third-party candidates in Texas elections endured long journeys to get on the Nov. 3 ballot," 16 Oct. 2020 But the ambient light seemed to fade with every step, and sections of the path were starting to look worryingly overgrown — at least to my snake-fearing eyes. Mike Ives, New York Times, "This Urban Safari Comes With a Warning: Watch Out for Snakes," 15 Oct. 2020 Another technical proposal, Do Not Track, saw a lot of work from 2011 to 2013, only to fade away by last year. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Privacy needs a reboot, and California’s new initiative might just provide it," 14 Oct. 2020 The push for reform also isn't going to fade away, with bystander cell phone videos and police body cameras that document incidents of police using excessive force fueling the protests around the country, observers said. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "California failed to pass a major police reform bill. Here's what experts say that could mean for the rest of the nation," 11 Sep. 2020 That was equally exciting to Kelly, who in 2001 had a two-shot lead over Woods going into the final round at the TPC Sawgrass, only to fade with a 73 to tie for fourth. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison's Jerry Kelly wins first major title on Champions tour at Bridgestone Senior Players Championship," 17 Aug. 2020 That was equally exciting to Kelly, who in 2001 had a two-shot lead over Woods going into the final round at the TPC Sawgrass, only to fade with a 73 to tie for fourth. cleveland, "Jerry Kelly makes ace on his way to winning Bridgestone Senior Players Championship," 16 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gronkowski snagged five passes including a fade for his first touchdown with Tampa. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Brady, Gronk see Super Bowl hopes rekindle with talented Bucs," 18 Oct. 2020 The result: a fade-away touchdown pass to Caden Marshall. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Highland Park responds all night, holds high-flying Rockwall offense in check during dominant 46-18 win," 17 Oct. 2020 Later in the half, wideout Rashee Rice beat Monroe for a touchdown on another fade. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Shredded on third downs: Tulane defense could not get off the field against SMU," 17 Oct. 2020 The formula combines retinoids, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, reduce puffiness, and fade dark circles without irritation. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "15 of the Best Retinol Serums and Creams That Will Transform Your Skin," 14 Oct. 2020 Experts say that rosehip oil is not only moisturizing, but can also be used to treat signs of aging and fade scars thanks to its anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton’s Favorite Skincare Staple Is on Sale Right Now," 13 Oct. 2020 Most gradually decline after the main bloom or blooms fade and the seeds begin to mature. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "How and when to fertilize banana plantings," 10 Oct. 2020 Named for Van Halen's son, the entry-level guitar is made from extremely lightweight and porous basswood, providing the perfect resonance for musicians who are heavy on the treble and fade. Eddie Van Halen, Popular Mechanics, "How the Late Rock God Eddie Van Halen Hacked His Guitar," 6 Oct. 2020 The sugar doesn't decrease, but the sweetness becomes less obvious, especially as the fruit flavors that magnify sweetness fade with age. Rachel King, Fortune, "Why right now is the time to start aging your wine collection," 4 Oct. 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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22 Oct 2020

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“Fade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fade. Accessed 25 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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