The word "fade" is used when something gets smaller or loses its color. Things, places, memories, and ideas fade over time and space. You can use the word "fade" as a verb or as an adjective.

In these sentences, "faded" is an adjective:

  • I have a denim jacket that is old and faded.
  • Sheila’s jeans are faded.
  • The upholstery on the furniture looks faded.
  • The words on this document are so faded they’re impossible to read.
  • A frayed and faded flag flapped in the wind.

These examples use "fade" as a verb:

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  • The couch by the window faded from exposure to the sun.
  • Tom’s memories of his school days have faded after 35 years.
  • Some photographs that we have from the 1970s are fading.
  • Faith in the company’s future is fading, so many employees have left.
  • The radioactivity in the ground around Chernobyl won’t fade away for thousands of years.

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June 6, 2013