The lights and music faded as we set sail from the harbor.
Summer flowers that had faded.
Youthful energy that had faded over the years.
A hope that faded.
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.
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.
Exposure to sunlight has faded the carpet.
- to move back from the line of scrimmage, as in order to throw a forward pass
- to appear or cause to appear (or disappear) gradually; make or become more (or less) distinct
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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, fede, of uncertain origin. Compare Old English ġefæd (“orderly, tidy, discreet, well-regulated”). See also fad.