verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- 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).
verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
Origin of fade
- 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
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.
see fade out, def. 2.