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a colour fades (=loses colour and brightness)
▪ The colour of the curtains had faded in the sun.
a mark fades (=it gradually disappears)
▪ His scratch marks have faded, but the memories never will.
a memory fades (=becomes less clear and accurate)
▪ Write down how you felt before the memory fades.
fade into oblivion (=gradually become forgotten or no longer important)
▪ Many political figures just fade into oblivion.
fade into obscurity (=to gradually be forgotten after being well-known)
▪ The band faded into obscurity as the 1980s progressed.
▪ All her life she kept a faded photograph of him in his army uniform.
hopes are fading (=people have much less hope of doing something)
▪ Hopes are fading that rescuers will find any more survivors.
sb’s anger goes away/subsides/fades (=it stops)
▪ I counted to ten and waited for my anger to go away.
▪ His anger slowly subsided.
sb’s smile fades/vanishes (=they stop smiling)
▪ Her smile faded and a shaft of panic shot through her.
the fading sunlight
▪ We sat in the fading sunlight of the early evening.
the light is fading (=it is getting darker as the sun is going down)
▪ In two weeks, her light summer tan was already fading.
▪ The sound was already fading away to his left, away from the path he had to follow.
▪ I think he fears she will die soon - is already fading away.
▪ His seat is safe but high hopes of Liberal Democrats holding the balance of power in a new administration have already faded.
▪ The lilies she'd brought a couple of days ago were already fading.
▪ But unlike John Major's predecessor, he shows no sign of fading away.
▪ Just when it looked as if pen-based computing might fade away, Microsoft has decided to get into the game.
▪ The laughter faded away, leaving me with a sense of unease.
▪ They feel the pressure, like everything is fading away.
▪ The new group did not in fact achieve its target of 100,000 pledged supporters and had faded away by March.
▪ If the stimulation is absent, those unused connections may fade away.
▪ The international community could no longer hope that the reasons for war would fade away.
▪ Then the anger faded away and the desire died with it.
▪ Read in studio Swindon Town's hopes of promotion are fading fast, after another defeat last night.
▪ It is just a little smile, and it fades fast.
▪ It was thin, fading fast like all horses in this bitter land.
▪ He was happy but was fading fast.
▪ Wet air blows in from the river, and the light is fading fast.
▪ The Raiders, sole occupants of last place in the West, are fading fast.
▪ Any expectations he may have had of inheriting a larger share of the Angevin Empire were fading fast.
▪ But the next half-century witnessed the general settlement of California, and by 1900 the condor was fading fast.
▪ The Balfourites did gradually fade from the scene.
▪ The hills are wrapped in a shawl of pink light gradually fading into dusk.
▪ Then she had descended through the familiar outer layers of Dreamspace, and faded in on the bus.
▪ As Neta faded out of the picture, he faded in.
▪ He fades in and out of the conversation, has a hint of trouble lifting the fork to his mouth.
▪ It starts with a multicoloured starfield and some text fading in and out.
▪ It came from where memory is young and the power in a young eagle's flight is great and can never fade.
▪ Just like those it commemorates, the holiday of D a de los Muertos will never fade.
▪ Anna was rubbing her arm where Liz had held it, rubbing as if the pain would never fade.
▪ Your feelings of shyness may never fade entirely, but your shy behavior will.
▪ This was one rose that would never fade.
▪ When Silje faded out of consciousness the boys ran away in fear.
▪ We just kind of faded out after that.
▪ Sometimes the couple may allow the physical side of their relationship to fade out altogether.
▪ As Neta faded out of the picture, he faded in.
▪ We should always try to fade out rewards.
▪ I was sad when he faded out.
▪ So. Fade out, fade in.
▪ Spider faded out, squinting past the windshield as some guy approached the car.
▪ Daylight was quickly fading as they walked up the street to the nurse's house.
▪ But that issue quickly faded when the prison got built in Eloy.
▪ She hoped for his sake the memory of his time working for MacQuillan would quickly fade.
▪ But the idea of one consolidated government for metropolitan Tucson quickly faded when Volgy left office.
▪ His half smile faded quickly as several pairs of eyes met his expectantly.
▪ You can let some time pass and hope that this whole incident quickly fades away, which it may well do.
▪ But it was a burst of rage, and it faded quickly.
▪ In a new world of international travel, the boundaries between East and West are rapidly fading.
▪ Serious problems from a life onshore can fade rapidly to distant memories as sight of land is lost.
▪ Fenn blinked his eyes and focused on the ceiling, the dream fading rapidly.
▪ A look in the mirror confirmed that the bruise round her eye was fading rapidly.
▪ And editor Jane Nicholson's involvement was fading rapidly.
▪ Everywhere was quiet, however, and the light was fading rapidly, filling the little house with shadow.
▪ Although so little was heard from them, those who kept tabs on them were convinced that they were slowly fading away.
▪ The multimillionaire has slowly faded from the industry in the past decade but has been eager to be a big player again.
▪ With engagement, patience and plenty of laughter, they slowly fade.
▪ Hotels and high-rises give way to subdivisions, which slowly fade to a scattering of homes.
▪ It faded slowly, and has now passed below binocular range.
▪ The sky burned white-hot, then slowly faded through yellow and orange to a glowering copper-red.
▪ It slowly faded as he walked along the shadowed path towards the church.
▪ Their original union under a strong 60s influence had slowly faded with age and various commercial pressures.
▪ He heard the roar of the motorcycle being started up and then fading until it was silent.
▪ And Mazursky was reassuring in noting that hot toy items typically enjoy popularity for three to five years, then fade.
▪ He waited until the noises faded then pressed his face against the mesh of the air vent.
▪ It writhed for a moment, trying to clutch at the arrow with insubstantial hands, and then faded.
▪ The sound seemed to come in waves, getting louder and louder, then fading away.
▪ With a mouth like that, she's not exactly going to fade into the background is she?
▪ On the other hand other close losers, such as Thomas Dewey or Jimmy Carter, faded into the background.
▪ They might fade into the background, but they are unlikely to go away.
▪ The songs repeat sentiments so much that some of them fade into the background and lose their meaning.
▪ High boned face, blue-eyed, faded permed lock of fair hair flopping over her eyes.
▪ Rachel's face will fade into the kind of indeterminate image it is now, in the dark.
▪ Read in studio Swindon Town's hopes of promotion are fading fast, after another defeat last night.
▪ Now those hopes are fading in the midst of a worrying upsurge in violence.
▪ He was supposed to be getting that for the gerbil babies, but his hopes were fading.
▪ As time wore on that hope faded.
▪ Shivering, she realised the light was beginning to fade, and almost reluctantly she turned to make her way back inside.
▪ The light faded, and it seemed night was coming on.
▪ Finally, as the light faded, we set off back to the caravan.
▪ If the light is fading, a darker hue might be required.
▪ The light was beginning to fade now.
▪ We sat eating as the last glow of light faded behind the pass.
▪ The light was fading on the walls of the Imperial city.
▪ As the light faded over Noyack Bay the young couple started kissing.
▪ Surely he was only afraid his memories might fade, leaving him dispossessed.
▪ Senators may be able to hope memory will fade.
▪ Much of her memory was fading.
▪ But in a parallel supercomputer with a sparse, distributed memory, the distinction between memory and processing fades.
▪ One disadvantage of this to all parties is that over a long period memories fade and evidence becomes more difficult to establish.
▪ It was ironic, though, that without the official opposition the bull-running would probably have faded quietly away into obscurity.
▪ As times and contexts change the visionaries of yesterday fade into obscurity or, worse, become the villains of today.
▪ Would the idea of drugs useful against germs once again have faded into obscurity?
▪ As Neta faded out of the picture, he faded in.
▪ He does not want to fade away from the scene.
▪ During the waiting period that person may fade from the scene.
▪ It is quite impossible to believe that he will fade from the scene on formal retirement in a few years' time.
▪ For once she took notice and Wyatt faded from the scene ... only to be replaced by another.
▪ The Balfourites did gradually fade from the scene.
▪ His bony wrists dangled out of the faded shirt.
▪ There was a faded image on the shirt, a University of California Golden Bear.
▪ As the car drove away Holly's smile faded.
▪ It is just a little smile, and it fades fast.
▪ He saluted Melissa with a smile that faded as he became aware of the argument going on across the yard.
▪ His half smile faded quickly as several pairs of eyes met his expectantly.
▪ His smile faded, became a wistful, boyish expression of loss.
▪ But presently the smile faded, and Ruth thought he had seen something wrong in her face.
▪ I was running blind, but then Macrae faded from view and from my senses.
▪ With that, talk of an early summit meeting faded from view.
▪ People such as Safire huffed and puffed about her futures-trading profits, but the matter faded from view.
▪ Unfortunately, time took its toll: By 1900 the fiesta had largely faded from view.
▪ It appeared to be rising as it faded from view.
▪ The fireball passed over the northern horizon and had nearly faded from view when the sky was lit by a tremendous flash.
▪ There was no sign of her pursuers and their voices had faded away.
▪ As Riker and I trudged off to find our tents, his voice faded to silence.
▪ Make sure your voice does not fade.
▪ At the far end of the house, where her voice had faded, he heard a faucet going on.
▪ The voice of Mission Control faded out.
▪ This trite communication put an end to Emma's overtures and she began to fade from their lives.
▪ The lights of Salt Lake City began to fade, an evanescent shimmer lon the rear horizon.
▪ Under such circumstances, the differences between hawk and dove-so clear when peace seems possible-#begin to fade.
▪ Most signs were originally symbols, becoming signs as the original relationships began to fade.
▪ Once you eventually reach the products the nightmare begins to fade.
▪ The dust storm, which may have begun very abruptly, fades very slowly away.
▪ But it has not toppled them, and as things stand it seems to be fading.
▪ The gaslights flickered softly, and as the time passed the surroundings no longer seemed faded and threadbare but rich and sumptuous.
▪ The tan seemed to have faded since last night.
▪ Just as suddenly as it had begun, the spasm seemed to fade.
▪ A while ago she had felt hungry; now her appetite seemed suddenly to have faded.
▪ I stroke her lifeless cheek, and as I do the deep purple bruises seem to fade a little.
▪ He heard the roar of the motorcycle being started up and then fading until it was silent.
▪ But his hopeful look started to fade.
▪ We tidy the tent, sort our kit and the light starts to fade.
▪ The illustrations were going unexpectedly well and the emotional ups and downs of yesterday were starting to fade from her memory.
▪ Within three laps they were starting to fade-and fade quite badly.
▪ We were coming to the end of the day, and the light was starting to fade.
fade/blend into the woodwork
▪ The skipper turned out to be a quiet figure intent on blending into the woodwork.
▪ The guy does know how to blend into the woodwork.
▪ He's wearing a red shirt and faded jeans.
▪ Hopes of an early end to the strike are beginning to fade.
▪ Over the years the green paint had faded.
▪ The Broncos faded in the second half.
▪ Your natural hair colour begins to fade as you grow older, and eventually you go grey.
▪ As Neta faded out of the picture, he faded in.
▪ He saluted Melissa with a smile that faded as he became aware of the argument going on across the yard.
▪ Just as suddenly as it had begun, the spasm seemed to fade.
▪ New roads spring up, old roads fade away.
▪ The colors would soon disperse, merging with others and moving on or fading as the night appeared.
▪ The laughter faded away, leaving me with a sense of unease.
▪ The wireless set hissed and crackled and Max Bygraves faded all away.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fade \Fade\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Faded; p. pr. & vb. n. Fading.] [OE. faden, vaden, prob. fr. fade, a.; cf. Prov. D. vadden to fade, wither, vaddigh languid, torpid. Cf. Fade, a., Vade.]

  1. To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.

    The earth mourneth and fadeth away.
    --Is. xxiv. 4.

  2. To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color. ``Flowers that never fade.''

  3. To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.

    The stars shall fade away.

    He makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.


Fade \Fade\, v. t. To cause to wither; to deprive of freshness or vigor; to wear away.

No winter could his laurels fade.


Fade \Fade\

  1. [F., pro

  2. fr. L. vapidus vapid, or possibly fr,fatuus foolish, insipid.] Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace. [R.] ``Passages that are somewhat fade.''

    His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous.
    --De Quincey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from fade (adj.) "pale, weak; insipid, tasteless" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, which is said to be a blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" and vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. Of sounds, by 1819. Transitive sense from 1590s; in cinematography from 1918.\n\nAdieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades\n
Past the near meadows, over the still stream,\n
Up the hill-side; and now 'tis buried deep\n
In the next valley-glades:\n
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?\n
Fled is that music:
--Do I wake or sleep?\n

[Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"]


early 14c., "loss of freshness or vigor," from fade (adj.), c.1300, " lacking in brilliance; pale, discolored, dull," from Old French fade (see fade (v.)). As a type of tapering hairstyle from 1988 (fade-out style is in a 1985 "Ebony" article on men's haircuts).


Etymology 1

  1. (context archaic English) strong; bold; doughty Etymology 2

    a. (context archaic English) weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace. n. 1 (context golf English) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the right. See slice, hook, draw. 2 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. 3 (context slang English) A fight 4 (context cinematography English) A gradual decrease in the brightness of a shot (as a means of cutting to a new scene) v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To become faded; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant. 2 (context intransitive English) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.

  1. n. a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer; "he took lessons to cure his slicing" [syn: slice, slicing]

  2. gradually ceasing to be visible [syn: disappearance]

  1. v. become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly; "The scene begins to fade"; "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk" [syn: melt]

  2. lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; "Her bloom was fading" [syn: wither]

  3. disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn: evanesce, blow over, pass off, fleet, pass]

  4. become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon" [syn: languish]


FADE (or DEGRADE) is digital restrictions management software developed by Codemasters. It operates by detecting if a game has been pirated, and initially allows the player to use the game normally. It then gradually degrades certain game features over a time, eventually rendering it unplayable.

Fade (Blue Angel song)

"Fade" was an extremely obscure single released promotionally in the Philippines by the band Blue Angel, taken from their 1980 album also called Blue Angel. Vocals were provided by Cyndi Lauper. It did not achieve any chart success and did not even have an accompanying picture sleeve. It was a last-ditch effort to capitalize on the record which had not lived up to sales expectations.

Fade (novel)

Fade is a 1988 young adult novel written by Robert Cormier.

Fade (Staind song)

"Fade" is a song by Staind from their 2001 album Break the Cycle, released as the third single from the album in late 2001. It was the last song played on MTV before turning to CBS's broadcast following 9/11.

Fade (Remove Silence album)

Fade is the debut album by hard rock band Remove Silence, released by Dallas, Texas based Metaledge Records on September 21, 2010. The album was previously released in Brazil under the Dynamo Records label. Fade was submitted to the Grammy Awards for nomination consideration. The video for the title track has seen major airplay on MTV Brasil.

Fade (band)

Fade (stylized as fade) was a Japanese-American rock band formed in 2001. To date, Fade has released 5 mini-albums, 3 full-length studio albums, and 2 singles. Fade is currently signed with record label Universal Music Japan. On April 9, 2014, fade announced an indefinite hiatus, in effect after the completion of their June tour.

Fade (Yo La Tengo album)

Fade is the thirteenth full-length album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo. It was produced by John McEntire, instead of Roger Moutenot, who had produced all their albums since 1993's Painful. It was recorded at Soma in Chicago, in the summer of 2012. It was released on January 15, 2013.

Fade (audio engineering)

In audio engineering, a fade is a gradual increase or decrease in the level of an audio signal. The term can also be used for film cinematography or theatre lighting in much the same way (see fade (filmmaking) and fade (lighting)).

A recorded song may be gradually reduced to silence at its end (fade-out), or may gradually increase from silence at the beginning (fade-in). Fading-out can serve as a recording solution for pieces of music that contain no obvious ending. Both fades and cross-fades are very valuable since they allow the engineer to quickly and easily make sure that the beginning and the end of any audio region is smooth in order to not have any prominent glitches. It is necessary that there is a clear section of silence prior to the audio. Fade-ins and out can also be used to change the characteristics of a sound, for example a fade-in is used to soften the attack, especially in vocals where very plosive (‘b’,‘d’, and ‘p’) sounds can occur. It can also be used to soften up the attack of the drum and/or percussion instruments. A cross-fade can be manipulated through its rates and coefficients in order to create different styles of fading. Almost every fade is different; this means that the fade parameters must be adjusted according to the individual needs of the mix.

Though relatively rare, songs can fade out then fade back in. Some examples of this are " Helter Skelter" and " Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles, " Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley, " Rambling On" by Procol Harum, "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" by The Smiths, " Thank You" by Led Zeppelin, " It's Only Money, Pt. 2" by Argent and " Future" by Paramore.

Fade (lighting)

In stage lighting, a fade is a gradual increase or decrease of the intensity of light projected onto the stage. The term fade-in refers to gradually changing the lighting level from complete darkness to a predetermined lighting level. A fade-out (also known as fade-to-black) refers to gradually decreasing the intensity of light until none is shining on the stage. A crossfade is when lighting levels are gradually altered from one setting to another. A fade-in is sometimes called a build, and where this terminology is used, a fade is understood to be a fade-out.

Increasing lighting intensities that are not black is referred to as a fade-up. Similarly, decreasing lighting intensities to a level above black is referred to as a fade-down.

Cross-fades are accomplished by executing fade-ups and/or fade-downs. In nearly all theatrical lighting designs, multiple lighting instruments are used to illuminate the stage at any one time. A cue refers to the recorded state of illumination for the entire stage at that time. The intensity of the lighting instruments are often altered with a single crossfade, altering the lighting state of the stage.

The lighting instruments are altered from a dimmer board or lighting control panel operated by a lighting technician. The dimmer board, now referred to as the lighting console, especially with newer digital control systems like DMX, uses a serial data stream to control multiple groups called "universes" of 512 DMX addresses to control compatible fixtures including dimmers, via different methods leading to a single twisted pair of wires connected to the fixtures. DMX consoles are largely computerized, thus allowing digital process control from multiple input devices, and synchronization via MIDI, SMPTE etc.

The terms fade in, fade out, and fade to black were borrowed by Hollywood, and are used in the formal structure of screenplays.

Fade (video game)

Fade is a point-and-click adventure game developed by the Fade Team and released for the Windows Mobile Professional platform in 2001. The game was critically acclaimed as the first large-scale adventure game for the platform. It is most often compared to Myst, the first immersive graphic adventure games for the PC, and the games in the Zork series.

The game was originally created in French, and was translated into English. This has resulted in some lines sounding rather awkward, and French remains in some parts of the game's dialogue. However, this has not posed a problem for many players.

The game's story is actually very complex. It has been compared to a similarly themed film, the critically acclaimed Memento.

FADE was broken up into chapters and re-released for the iPhone OS under a different name, 1112, on November 24, 2008.

Fade (Jakwob song)

"Fade" is a song by British music producer and DJ Jakwob, with vocals courtesy of Maiday. The song was released as a single on 15 March 2013 as a digital download in the UK. The song has peaked to number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.

Fade (Kanye West song)

"Fade" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West. It serves as the third single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016). The song features vocals from American singer Ty Dolla Sign and hip hop artist Post Malone.

Fade (Kristine W song)

"Fade" is the seventh and final single released from Kristine W's 2009 album The Power of Music. The single was released in two parts, called "Fade: The Epic Remixes Parts 1 & 2" featuring 24 different remixes from 9 different producers. With the June 18, 2011 issue of Billboard, "Fade" became Kristine W's 16th number one single on the Hot Dance/ Club Play Charts, and her seventh from The Power of Music. This number one single also moved her above Mariah Carey as the 7th artist with the most number ones on the Hot Dance/ Club Play Charts behind Madonna (who has 43 #1s) and Janet Jackson who has 22. With "Fade", Kristine W also broke the record for most #1 singles from one album on the Billboard Dance Charts.

Usage examples of "fade".

Moments later the subdued whistle of the engines faded and Dane could hear the structure of the ship creak around them as acceleration ceased.

Spasming, Acies moaned in pain as broken bones knit themselves together and bruises faded.

Beyond the five low points of the dead volcanoes on the black horizon, against the fading greenish afterglow, the New Moon was rising.

Maria tugged her skirt into place, and she walked out, down the shining slate steps, through the white of daisies and the sharp agapanthus leaves that both caught the fading moon.

Dyson Pair or their aggressor is going to fade away in a single millennia.

He grew smaller and smaller as the gulf between them expanded, his aimless humming fading until he disappeared altogether.

For a moment he shook like a alder leaf in an autumn gale and then the sinister half-recollection faded and was gone before he could grasp its import.

The color faded from his eyes, leached away to white and then filled with amaranthine lacking whites, pupils and iris.

Besides, Sharee seemed rather confident that if difficulties arose, her weather-related magiks could dispose of the Harpers with alacrity, and so the Tucker Forest became our temporary haven while we waited for the name Apropos to fade into the furthest recesses of royal memory.

Although the shrine was dark and fading sunlight had climbed halfway up the walls, laying a bronze sheen on the cloudily opaque torsoes of the gigantic soldiers, everything in the square apse shone with an intense particularity.

Like some great arachnid of pure force, the demon flames of the destruction swept and washed across the vision, and when it faded, Bright Eyes lay shaken by what he had seen.

At least Arioso wrote a fairly clear hand and used expensive ink that had not faded.

Sheila broke off in a string of arrhythmic hiccups that gradually faded to sobs.

Bezu walked with him part way down the street, and then, looking up at the sky, eyes asquint in the quickly fading daylight, wished him a good journey and hurried back to his hovel.

Its attendant phenomena grow colorless, more forced, and one by one they fade away: Equality, Democracy, Happiness, Instability, Commercialism, High Finance and its power of Money, Class War, Trade as an end in itself, Social Atomism, Parliamentarism, Liberalism, Communism, Materialism, Mass-Propaganda.