Pronunciation key

( fād )



[FADED (-id), FADING], [ME. faden; OFr. fader, < fade pale; prob. < L. vapidus, stale; influenced by L. fatuus, foolish, silly]
[<OF fader <fade, insipid]

  1. to become indistinct; loss of clarity; loss of color or brilliance; dim.
  2. to lose freshness, vigor, youth or strength; wither; languish; droop; wane
  3. to disappear slowly; die out.


  1. to cause to fade, to grow dim or faint.
  2. to cause the loss freshness or brilliance.
  3. [slang] to meet the bet of; cover: dice player's term.
Synonyms: vanish, wither


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