Pronunciation Adjective

fade (comparative fader, superlative fadest)

  1. (archaic) Weak; insipid; tasteless.
    Synonyms: dull
    • Passages that are somewhat fade.
    • His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous.
Translations Noun

fade (plural fades)

  1. (golf) 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. (slang) A fight.
  4. (music, cinematography) A gradual decrease in the brightness of a shot or the volume of sound or music (as a means of cutting to a new scene or starting a new song).
  5. (slang) The act of disappearing from a place so as not to be found; covert departure.
    • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things
      Ace could have done a fade. Instead, he gathered all his courage — which was not inconsiderable, even in his middle age — and went to see the Flying Corson Brothers.
  • Italian: assolvenza

fade (fades, present participle fading; past and past participle faded)

  1. (intransitive) To grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
    • Bible, Isaiah 24:4
      The earth mourneth and fadeth away.
  2. (intransitive) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      [flowers] that never fade
  3. (intransitive) To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
    The milkman's whistling faded into the distance.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      He makes a swanlike end, / Fading in music.
    • 1856, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator), Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI,
      A strange thing was that Bovary, while continually thinking of Emma, was forgetting her. He grew desperate as he felt this image fading from his memory in spite of all efforts to retain it. Yet every night he dreamt of her; it was always the same dream. He drew near her, but when he was about to clasp her she fell into decay in his arms.
  4. (transitive) To cause to fade.
  5. (transitive, gambling) To bet against.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: desbotar
  • Russian: обесцве́чивать
  • Spanish: deslucir

fade (comparative fader, superlative fadest)

  1. (archaic) Strong; bold; doughty.

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