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fade

play
verb \ˈfād\

Definition of fade

faded

;

fading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lose freshness, strength, or vitality :  wither fading flowers

  3. 2 :  to lose freshness or brilliance of color The fabrics faded in the strong sunshine.

  4. 3 :  to sink away :  vanish a fading memory The smile faded from his face.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 of an automobile brake :  to lose braking power gradually

  7. 6 :  to move back from the line of scrimmage —used of a quarterback

  8. 7 of a ball or shot :  to move in a slight to moderate slice

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

fader

noun

Examples of fade in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of fade

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


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fade

noun

Definition of fade

  1. 1a :  fade-outb :  a gradual changing of one picture to another in a motion-picture or television sequence

  2. 2 :  a fading of an automobile brake

  3. 3 :  a slight to moderate and usually intentional slice in golf

  4. 4 :  a hairstyle similar to a crew cut in which the hair on top of the head stands high

Examples of fade in a Sentence

  1. The movie ends with a fade to black.

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Origin and Etymology of fade

see 1fade

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fade

play
adjective \ˈfäd\

Definition of fade

Origin and Etymology of fade

Middle English, from Anglo-French



FADE Defined for English Language Learners

fade

play
verb

Definition of fade for English Language Learners

  • : to lose strength or freshness : to become weaker

  • : to disappear gradually

  • : to become less bright : to lose color

fade

noun

Definition of fade for English Language Learners

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


FADE Defined for Kids

fade

play
verb \ˈfād\

Definition of fade for Students

faded

;

fading

  1. 1 :  to lose or cause to lose brightness of color

  2. 2 :  to dry up :  wither The flowers were fading.

  3. 3 :  to grow dim or faint The path faded out. Her memory faded.



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