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
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But neither are Jim Webb or Carly Fiorina—or any of the other faded stars floating a potential candidacy to remain relevant.
“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|Eleanor Clift|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The edges of the elegant paper are crackled; the ink bled into the linen weave long ago and has not faded.
The rose had faded from the cheek, the eyes were dim and lustreless.The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern|Anonymous
Beyond it the hillsides, narrowing in, faded blurred and dim into the hazy distance.The Dust of Conflict|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Even the dim shadows of musical instruments had faded into nothing.The Arrow of Fire|Roy J. Snell
But the day wore on, the evening sun grew golden, then faded in the purple west—but still he came not!Parables from Flowers|Gertrude P. Dyer
The ruddy color in his cheeks was faded, his face was drawn and set.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for faded
- 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
Word Origin and History for faded
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.