fade Definition

  • 1to lose brightness or color gradually until it completely disappears
  • 2to become weaker or less noticeable
  • 3to disappear gradually from sight or hearing

Using fade: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fade" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The colors of the painting have faded over time.

  • Example

    His memory of the event has faded with age.

  • Example

    The sound of the music faded away as we walked farther from the concert.

  • Example

    The popularity of the trend has started to fade in recent months.

fade Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for fade

Phrases with fade

  • to gradually become quieter or slower and then stop completely, often used in music or film


    The song fades out at the end with a soft melody.

  • to gradually disappear or become less important


    The memories of that trip have faded away over time.

  • to become completely forgotten or unimportant


    After his retirement, the once-famous actor faded into obscurity.

Origins of fade

from Old French 'fader', meaning 'to become weak'


Summary: fade in Brief

The verb 'fade' [feɪd] describes the gradual loss of brightness, color, or strength. It can refer to physical objects, like paintings, or abstract concepts, like memories or trends. Examples include 'The colors of the painting have faded over time.' and 'The popularity of the trend has started to fade in recent months.' 'Fade' can also be used in phrases like 'fade out,' which means to gradually stop, and 'fade into obscurity,' which means to be forgotten.

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