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

Definition of fade

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 out One 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)

1a : fade-out
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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Other Words from fade


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 This means the hype that a timely piece of video content creates can fade fast these days. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Only when pushing really hard in tight corners did front grip seem to fade earlier than the rear. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 19 Oct. 2021 Her career matured as current conversations about mixed identity were still forming and while the passing narratives of the past, both brilliant and clumsy, had yet to fade from pop-cultural memory. Brittany Luse, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 But company studies suggest that J & J protection continues over time, while effectiveness against less severe disease appears to fade with the other two. USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Johnson & Johnson's vaccine protection continues over time, while effectiveness against less severe disease appears to fade with the other two. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 15 Oct. 2021 But interrelated price, supply and labor problems that were once expected to fade by Labor Day now appear likely to last well into next year, further complicating the Democrats’ already rocky path to the midterm elections. David J. Lynch And Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2021 Coming from deep space, these outbursts can flash and fade in a matter of milliseconds, yet in each instance can release as much energy as the sun does in a year. Ling Xin, Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2021 But the more important one, embodied in the sensual relief Marilyn finds in the cooling subway gust, is that if our pleasures inevitably fade, so too do our sweltering problems. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If there’s reason for frustration with the officials, it’s with the defensive holding on the fade pass as time expired. oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 Stanford sent the game to overtime when McKee's 2-yard fade pass to Elijah Higgins capped a two-minute, 87-yard drive aided by two personal foul penalties and a holding call in the end zone. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 Gordon is 6-3, 225 pounds and should be someone to whom Patrick Mahomes can throw fade passes. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Ford, Byrd, and Daniels each expressed concern that the current vogue for brands that foreground Blackness will disappear if conversations around the fashion's systemic inequality fade. CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 An early shimmer of strings evokes the sun inching over the rooftops; swelling horns surge and fade like passing cars, and around each corner is a new commotion or a welcome calm. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 Facing fourth-and-goal from the 2 and trailing by eight with 3:12 to play in Happy Valley, Auburn ran an end-zone fade intended for Kobe Hudson. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 20 Sep. 2021 An incomplete fade from the 2 on fourth down with 3:08 left gave Penn State the ball back. Travis Johnson, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 With so much attention focused on finding the best face serum to fade hyperpigmentation or a rich moisturizer that packs a punch of hydration, our body care can be left to fend for itself. Allure Editors, Allure, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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“Fade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fade. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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