[ feyd ]
/ feɪd /
verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
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.
- 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).
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.
verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
to cause to fade: Sunshine faded the drapes.
(in dice throwing) to make a wager against (the caster).
- 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.
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Origin of fade
1275–1325; 1915–20 for def 5; Middle English faden, derivative of fade pale, dull < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *fatidus, for Latin fatuus fatuous
fad·a·ble, adjectivefad·ed·ly, adverbfad·ed·ness, nounpre·fade, verb (used with object), pre·fad·ed, pre·fad·ing.
un·fad·a·ble, adjectiveun·fad·ed, adjectiveun·fad·ing, adjectivewell-fad·ed, adjective
4. See disappear.
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British Dictionary definitions for fade away
/ (feɪd) /
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
Derived Formsfadable, adjectivefadedness, nounfader, noun
Word Origin for fade
C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidus vapid + Latin fatuus fatuous
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Idioms and Phrases with fade away
see fade out, def. 2.
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