verb (used without object), faded, fading.
to lose brightness or vividness of color.
to become dim, as light, or lose brightness of illumination.
to lose freshness, vigor, strength, or health: The tulips have faded.
to disappear or die gradually (often followed by away or out ): His anger faded away.
Movies, Television.
to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in ).
to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out ).
Broadcasting, Recording.
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 ).
Football. (of an offensive back, especially a quarterback) to move back toward one's own goal line, usually with the intent to pass, after receiving the snapback from center or a hand-off or lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage (usually followed by back ): The quarterback was tackled while fading back for a pass.
(of an automotive brake) to undergo brake fade.
verb (used with object), faded, fading.
to cause to fade: Sunshine faded the drapes.
(in dice throwing) to make a wager against (the caster).
Movies, Television.
to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in ).
to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out ).
Broadcasting, Recording. to cause (the volume of sound) to increase or decrease gradually (usually followed by in or out ).
an act or instance of fading.
Movies, Television Informal. a fade-out.
Automotive. brake 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

fadable, adjective
fadedly, adverb
fadedness, noun
prefade, verb (used with object), prefaded, prefading.
unfadable, adjective
unfaded, adjective
unfading, adjective
well-faded, adjective

4. See disappear.
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fade (feɪd)
1.  to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
2.  (intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
3.  (intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
4.  a.  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
 b.  to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
5.  (intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
6.  to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right
7.  the act or an instance of fading
[C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidusvapid + Latin fatuusfatuous]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. fader, from fade "pale, weak, insipid," probably from V.L. *fatidus, some sort of blending of L. fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading.
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Slang Dictionary

fade definition

  1. in.
    to leave. : I think that the time has come for me to fade. See ya.
  2. in.
    [for someone] to lose power; [for someone] to lose influence. : Ralph is fading, and someone else will have to take over.
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faded definition

  1. mod.
    drunk; drug intoxicated. : Man, is that guy ever faded! Look at him weave from one lane to another.
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Example sentences
Main bloom period is spring to early summer, but shearing off faded flowers may
  prolong flowering.
He remained at the table while everyone stood, dishes were washed, and the
  thought of cold roast-beef sandwiches faded.
He makes daily rounds, watering and snipping off faded blooms and damaged
As plants bloom, remove faded flowers to discourage plants from setting seed.
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