\ 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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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 Still, there was trepidation that the commitment to such changes would fade over time. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Again, history suggests that Biden and particularly the Democrats' position should fade. Harry Enten, CNN, 6 June 2021 Brooklyn prides itself on taking precautions and the long view, but its title hopes may ultimately fade based on a tricky injury that seemed to be mismanaged from the start. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Though this dream would fade fast, the book strains to carry this early naïveté over to the realities of World War II. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 4 June 2021 If boosters eventually are called for, they will not be needed all at once because antibodies fade gradually rather than disappearing suddenly. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 If boosters eventually are called for, they will not be needed all at once because antibodies fade gradually rather than disappearing suddenly. Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 Fear will fade with vaccine deployment, extra federal benefits expire in September and schools will reopen. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2021 There used to be a general perception that teen pop music was destined to boom and then fade, as its fans grew up and grew out of it. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second-half fade in the loss to Oregon State was one of few disappointing low points for Oregon this season. John Canzano, oregonlive, 2 Jan. 2021 But when the battery comes to the end of its life, its green benefits fade. Ian Morse, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021 Ten witnesses testified in early 2020, but memories fade, so Superior Court Judge Mark Windham invited prosecutors and defense attorneys to reprise their opening statements. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Some verses, namely Karen’s and Scarlet’s, fade into the background a little, but only because of the sheer amount of content present; there are few weak links here. Shaad D'souza, Vulture, 15 May 2021 The colors—derived from indigo, gardenia pods, and clay soil—actually change and fade over time, with a more dimensional finish than flat chemical dyes. Emily Farra, Vogue, 12 May 2021 Academic gains from Head Start fade within several years. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Deny the nationalists a majority, and dreams of secession fade away (for now). Alasdair Lane, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Colors bloom and fade, aromas blend and dissipate—day by day, hour by hour. Clint Clemens, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 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 18 Jun. 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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