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June 6, 2013 - Word of the Day



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:

simple past past participle
  • 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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