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verb fade pronunciation in British English /feɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefading
past tensefaded
past participlefaded
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if something fades, it gradually becomes less clear or noticeable until it finally disappears
    Marie’s smile slowly faded.
    His bruises are starting to fade now.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a sound fades, it gradually becomes quieter until you cannot hear it any more
      The laughter faded when they saw Karl’s face.
      fade into: They heard footsteps go past the room, then fade into the distance.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if the light fades, it gets dark
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    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] if the colour of something fades, or if something fades it, it gradually becomes paler
      The sun had faded the red curtains.
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    4. d.
      [intransitive] if a memory or feeling fades, it gradually becomes weaker until you do not have it any more
      Hopes that he will be found alive are fading.
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    fade away

    [intransitive] to become less famous or less important
    After one hit record he rapidly faded into obscurity.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a flower fades, it starts to die
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    fade away

    [intransitive] if someone fades, they lose their strength and become ill or die
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] mainly journalism if a player or team fades, they stop performing well and do not win

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 fade pronunciation in British English /ˈfeɪdɪd/ adjective
faded blue jeans
the faded glory of the old hotel


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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