- 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 fadedrun-down, shabby, tattered, worn, seedy, tacky, threadbare, dim, wan, tired, bedraggled, wasted, pale, dull, etiolated, achromatic, ashen, dingy, indistinct, lackluster
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Contemporary Examples of faded
Our driver glances at us in the rearview mirror and nods before dropping the faded red Toyota Hilux into first gear.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Sean Penn and William Hurt were also considered, but Tarantino wanted John Travolta, whose star had faded, for the part.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
But neither are Jim Webb or Carly Fiorina—or any of the other faded stars floating a potential candidacy to remain relevant.2016’s Clown Car Contenders
September 30, 2014
“He was gentle and courteous even though his love of the U.S. had faded over time,” said Bogucki.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System
September 26, 2014
The edges of the elegant paper are crackled; the ink bled into the linen weave long ago and has not faded.How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past
September 21, 2014
Historical Examples of faded
It faded soon into a gray fog, with puffs of wind from the southwest again.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The floor was covered with old matting and a few faded rugs.Viviette
William J. Locke
She has faded away like a rainbow—like a drop of dew in the sun.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
And so she had gone, and with her had faded all the light and joyousness of the place.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
And, with the music and the dancing, the night faded into morning.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- 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.