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Definition of fade verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fade
    he / she / it fades
    past simple faded
    -ing form fading
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become, or to make something become, paler or less bright The curtains had faded in the sun. fade from something All color had faded from her face. fade something The sun had faded the curtains. He was wearing faded blue jeans.
  2. 2[intransitive] to disappear gradually Her smile faded. fade away Hopes of reaching an agreement seem to be fading away. The laughter faded away. fade to/into something His voice faded to a whisper (= gradually became quieter). All other issues fade into insignificance compared with the struggle for survival. Summer was fading into autumn.
  3. 3[intransitive] if a sports player, team, actor, etc. fades, they stop playing or performing as well as they did before Black faded on the final bend.
  4. Idioms
    blend/fade into the woodwork
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    to behave in a way that does not attract any attention; to disappear or hide
    Phrasal Verbsfade awayfade in/outfade something in/out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fade