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FADE, adjective Weak; slight; faint. [Not in use.]

FADE, verb intransitive

1. To lose color; to tend from a stronger or brighter color to a more faint shade of the same color, or to lose a color entirely. A green leaf fades and becomes less green or yellow. Those colors are deemed the best, which are least apt to fade

2. To wither, as a plant; to decay.

Ye shall be as an oak, whose leaf fadeth. Isaiah 1:1.

3. To lose strength gradually; to vanish.

When the memory is weak, ideas in the mind quickly fade

4. To lose luster; to grow dim.

The stars shall fade away.

5. To decay; to perish gradually.

We all do fade as a leaf. Isaiah 64:6.

An inheritance that fadeth not away. 1 Peter 1:1.

6. To decay; to decline; to become poor and miserable.

The rich man shall fade away in his ways. James 1:11.

7. To lose strength, health or vigor; to decline; to grow weaker.

8. To disappear gradually; to vanish.

FADE, verb transitive To cause to wither; to wear away; to deprive of freshness or vigor.

No winter could his laurels fade

This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered.