faded; fading; fades

When things fade, they gradually become less clear or more faint. When you wake up after having a strange dream, its details quickly begin to fade unless you write them down right away.

Dreams usually fade once you wake up, and sunlight begins to fade toward the end of the day. Sounds can fade too, as when the music you can hear from a passing car begins to fade as it moves down the road. Disappointments in life can make your hopes and dreams fade, and the smell of cut flowers will eventually fade as well. The Old French root word, fader, means "weaken, wilt, or wither."

Definitions of fade
  1. verb
    become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
    “The scene begins to fade
    synonyms: melt
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    become weaker
  2. verb
    disappear gradually
    synonyms: blow over, evanesce, fleet, pass, pass off
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    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
  3. noun
    gradually ceasing to be visible
    synonyms: disappearance
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  4. verb
    lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
    “Her bloom was fading
    synonyms: wither
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    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
  5. verb
    become feeble
    synonyms: languish
  6. noun
    a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
    synonyms: slice, slicing
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    golf shot, golf stroke, swing
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
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