Fade meaning

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To lose brightness, loudness, or brilliance gradually.

The lights and music faded as we set sail from the harbor.

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The act of fading.
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(slang) To meet the bet of; cover.
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To become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
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(golf) To deliberately cause (a ball) to slice slightly.
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(games) To meet the bet of (an opposing player) in dice.
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A control mechanism on a stereo that adjusts the distribution of power between the front and rear channels.
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To lose freshness; wither.

Summer flowers that had faded.

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To lose strength or vitality; wane.

Youthful energy that had faded over the years.

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To disappear gradually; vanish.

A hope that faded.

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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.

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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.

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(sports) To swerve from a straight course, especially in the direction of a slice.
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(football) To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
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To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength.

Exposure to sunlight has faded the carpet.

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(sports) To hit (a golf ball, for instance) with a moderate, usually controlled slice.
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The act of fading.
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A gradual dimming or increase in the brightness or loudness of a light source or audio signal.
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A transition in a cinematic work or slide presentation in which the image gradually appears on or disappears from a blank screen.
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(sports) A moderate, usually controlled slice, as in golf.
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To lose freshness or strength; wither; wane.
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To disappear slowly; die out.
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To lose braking power.
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To curve from its direct course.
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(radio, tv) To vary in intensity: said of a signal.
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Any of several styles of haircut in which the hair is cut so as to be very close on the sides of the head and progressively longer toward the top of the head.
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(golf) The path of a ball that is faded or that slices slightly.
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(archaic) Strong; bold; doughty.
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(golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the right. See slice, hook, draw.
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A haircut where the hair is short or shaved on the sides of the head and longer on top. See also high-top fade and low fade.
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(intransitive) To become faded; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
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(intransitive) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
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(intransitive) To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.

The milkman's whistling faded into the distance.

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To cause to fade.
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To cause to fade.
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fade back
  • to move back from the line of scrimmage, as in order to throw a forward pass
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fade in (or out)
  • to appear or cause to appear (or disappear) gradually; make or become more (or less) distinct
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fade
Plural:
fades

Adjective

Base Form:
fade
Comparative:
fader
Superlative:
fadest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

fade back
fade in (<i>or</i> out)

Origin of fade

  • Middle English faden from Old French fader from fade faded probably from Vulgar Latin fatidus alteration of Latin fatuus insipid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fade, vad, vade (“faded, pale, withered, weak”), from Middle Dutch vade (“weak, faint, limp”), from Old French fade (“weak, witless”), of obscure origin. Probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, from Latin fatuus (“insipid”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English fade, fede, of uncertain origin. Compare Old English ġefæd (“orderly, tidy, discreet, well-regulated”). See also fad.

    From Wiktionary