- Fade is defined as the process of becoming less bright or disappearing gradually.
- When a color begins to grow less bright, this process is an example of color fade.
- When a television picture starts to go dark, this is an example of a fade to black.
- To fade is defined as to become less bright, to grow more faint, less popular, or less strong, or to begin to wither away and disappear.
- When a color that is dark begins to get lighter and less bright, this is an example of a time when the color fades.
- When the sun goes down at nighttime, this is an example of a time when sunlight fades.
- When a television signal gets less clear, this is an example of a time when the signal fades.
- When the popularity of a fad begins to wane, this is an example of a time when the fad fades.
- When you start to become old and sick, this is an example of a time when your health fades.
This photograph has begun to fade.
intransitive verbfaded, fading
- to become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
- to lose freshness or strength; wither; wane
- to disappear slowly; die out
- to lose braking power: said of brakes that heat and glaze the lining in repeated hard use
- to curve from its direct course
- Radio, TV to vary in intensity: said of a signal
Origin of fadeMiddle English faden ; from Old French fader ; from fade, pale ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fatidus, probably ; from Classical Latin fatuus (see fatuous); influenced, influence by vapidus, vapid
- to cause to fade
- ☆ Slang to meet the bet of; cover: a dice player's term
- Golf to deliberately cause (a ball) to slice slightly
- the act of fading
- Film, Radio, TV a fade-in or fade-out
- Golf the path of a ball that is faded or that slices slightly
fade in (or out)☆
verbfad·ed, fad·ing, fades
- To lose brightness, loudness, or brilliance gradually: The lights and music faded as we set sail from the harbor.
- To lose freshness; wither: summer flowers that had faded.
- To lose strength or vitality; wane: youthful energy that had faded over the years.
- To disappear gradually; vanish: a hope that faded. See Synonyms at disappear.
- Sports To swerve from a straight course, especially in the direction of a slice.
- Football To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
- To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength: Exposure to sunlight has faded the carpet.
- Sports To hit (a golf ball, for instance) with a moderate, usually controlled slice.
- Games To meet the bet of (an opposing player) in dice.
- The act of fading.
- A gradual dimming or increase in the brightness or loudness of a light source or audio signal.
- A transition in a cinematic work or slide presentation in which the image gradually appears on or disappears from a blank screen.
- Sports A moderate, usually controlled slice, as in golf.
- A control mechanism on a stereo that adjusts the distribution of power between the front and rear channels.
Origin of fadeMiddle English faden, from Old French fader, from fade, faded, probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, alteration of Latin fatuus, insipid.
(comparative fader or more fade, superlative fadest or most fade)
(third-person singular simple present fades, present participle fading, simple past and past participle faded)
- (intransitive) To become faded; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
- (intransitive) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
- (intransitive) To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
- The milkman's whistling faded into the distance.
- To cause to fade.