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fade

play
verb \ˈfād\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

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

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fade

play
adjective \ˈfäd\

Definition of fade

Origin and Etymology of fade

Middle English, from Anglo-French


Financial Definition of FADE

fade

What It Is

A fade is an investment strategy devoted to doing the opposite of the prevailing wisdom. In the brokerage sector, it also refers to a dealer's inability or refusal to fill an order at the prevailing bid/ask spread the dealer has published (that is, the dealer "fades" from trading).

How It Works

Fade investors love to do what's out of favor. They tend to buy when everyone else is selling, sell when everyone else is buying, and wait when everyone else is active. The result is that the contrarian often buys a cheap security that everyone else is calling a dog and sells a security that everyone else is clamoring to get into.

Fade investors often look for stocks with low price-to-earnings ratios. When the market goes up, they sometimes prefer value stocks to growth stocks; when the market goes down, they often favor growth stocks over value stocks.

The Dogs of the Dow strategy is a popular fade strategy whereby investors purchase the highest-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Remember, a stock has to pay a relatively high dividend and have a relatively low stock price to have a high dividend yield. When any of the investor's stocks rise in price so much that they are no longer one of the ten highest dividend-yield stocks, he sells them, capturing the gain and reinvesting the proceeds in the newest "dog."

Why It Matters

Fade investors zig when everyone else zags. They have strong stomachs, a sense of independence, and an ability to resist the temptations of going with the crowd. That can mean picking up a few dogs, and that can mean sticking with a stock if it has become a dog. Fade investors are not always right, but the philosophy has attracted many happy investors over the years. Even Burton Malkiel, who developed the random walk theory, which says there is no reliable way to beat the market in the long run, acknowledges that contrarian strategies can be successful. They tend to outperform other trading strategies because market reversals are often based on economic facts rather than investor psychology.

It is important to note that fade investing often works best for investors who have thoroughly analyzed the fundamentals of the companies they invest in. Companies with solid management teams, innovative products, efficient processes and good profit margins can often weather being unpopular with the crowd.



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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