- 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 colour had faded from the sky. fade something The sun had faded the curtains. He was wearing faded blue jeans.
- 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[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. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘grow weak’: from Old French fader, from fade
BrE BrE//feɪd//; NAmE NAmE//feɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fade
BrE BrE//feɪd//; NAmE NAmE//feɪd//he / she / it fades
BrE BrE//feɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//feɪdz//past simple faded
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪdɪd//past participle faded
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪdɪd//-ing form fading
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪdɪŋ//