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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. 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.

    3. 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.

  2. 2



    fade away

    [intransitive] to become less famous or less important

    After one hit record he rapidly faded into obscurity.

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 fade pronunciation in British English /ˈfeɪdɪd/  adjective

faded blue jeans

the faded glory of the old hotel


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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