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fade

[ feyd ]
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verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

noun

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RELATED WORDS

hazy, dying, paling, evanescent

Nearby words

fad, fadden, faddish, faddist, faddy, fade, fade away, fade out, fade-in, fade-out, fadeaway

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
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4. See disappear.
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British Dictionary definitions for fading (1 of 2)

fading

/ (ˈfeɪdɪŋ) /

noun

a variation in the strength of received radio signals due to variations in the conditions of the transmission medium

British Dictionary definitions for fading (2 of 2)

fade

/ (feɪd) /

verb

noun

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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Word Origin and History for fading

fade


v.

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.

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