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fade

 
 
pronunciation:
feId
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: faded, fades, fading
definition 1: to lose color or brightness gradually; dim.
The black shirt had faded to gray after many washings.My skin was so tan this summer, but it faded.
synonyms:
dim
antonyms:
brighten
similar words:
bleach, etiolate, gray, pale, whiten
definition 2: to lose freshness or strength.
Despite treatment, his health faded over those months.The child's excitement faded when she realized the gift box contained socks.
synonyms:
decline, flag, languish, wither
antonyms:
endure, thrive
similar words:
degenerate, deteriorate, diminish, droop, dwindle, ebb, pale, sag, shrivel, trail, wane, waste, weaken, wilt
definition 3: to gradually vanish (sometimes fol. by out or away).
The figure of the man faded into the distance.After their defeat, all hope of the championship faded away.Her memories of the incident have begun to fade.
synonyms:
disappear
similar words:
deliquesce, evanesce, melt, ooze, sink, taper, vanish
definition 4: in film and television, to slowly come into view or vanish (usu. fol. by in or out).
The love scene fades out, and the next scene takes place at the beach.
synonyms:
dissolve
similar words:
segue
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to fade.
The bright sun faded the dark curtains.
synonyms:
wither
antonyms:
brighten
similar words:
blanch, bleach, dim, diminish, gray, pale, waste, whiten
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part of speech: noun
definition: the gradual appearance or disappearance of an image or scene in a film.
We'll end the scene with a fade.
synonyms:
dissolve
similar words:
fade-in, fade-out
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  • faded:
    having little or no color.
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