- to lose brightness or vividness of color.
- to become dim, as light, or lose brightness of illumination.
- to lose freshness, vigor, strength, or health: The tulips have faded.
- to disappear or die gradually (often followed by away or out): His anger faded away.
- Movies, Television.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording.
- to increase gradually in volume of sound, as in recording or broadcasting music, dialogue, etc. (usually followed by in).
- to decrease gradually in volume of sound (usually followed by out).
- Football. (of an offensive back, especially a quarterback) to move back toward one's own goal line, usually with the intent to pass, after receiving the snapback from center or a hand-off or lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage (usually followed by back): The quarterback was tackled while fading back for a pass.
- (of an automotive brake) to undergo brake fade.
- to cause to fade: Sunshine faded the drapes.
- (in dice throwing) to make a wager against (the caster).
- Movies, Television.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording. to cause (the volume of sound) to increase or decrease gradually (usually followed by in or out).
- an act or instance of fading.
- Movies, Television Informal. a fade-out.
- Automotive. brake fade.
Origin of fade
Related Words for fadedim, evaporate, dissolve, vanish, dull, disappear, sink, ebb, wane, wilt, weaken, lessen, wither, melt, abate, fall, fail, diminish, deteriorate, blanch
Examples from the Web for fade
Contemporary Examples of fade
But for those on the Israeli right who are hoping that this deferred dream will just fade away, they can forget it.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
We can hope that it begins to fade, just as the air seems to finally be leaking out of Black Friday.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
December 3, 2014
They started with Not Fade Away and went from one song to another over a 14 minute stretch.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
Ebola will fade enough for the Democrats to make this pitch by next week.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of fade
But where all things fade, how miserable to be the one that could not fade!The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
Methinks she will fade into the moonlight, which falls upon her through the window.Sylph Etherege
It is just because there are so many obstacles in the way of your love that it does not fade.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Fade at the Persian's foot, You that, our patrons were pledged, should never adorn a slave!Graded Poetry: Second Year
And when it died away, did not he fade with it—fade until the Ionian waters took him?A Spirit in Prison
- to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
- (intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
- (intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
- to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
- to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
- (intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
- to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right
- the act or an instance of fading
Word Origin for fade
early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.