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
Related Words for fadedrun-down, shabby, tattered, worn, seedy, tacky, threadbare, dim, wan, tired, bedraggled, wasted, pale, dull, etiolated, achromatic, ashen, dingy, indistinct, lackluster
Examples from the Web for faded
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 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.