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To slowly begin to be seen or heard, as is commonly done during television shows, plays, and movies. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fade" and "in." Then let's fade in on the happy family having a meal together.
fade something in
to bring a picture, sound, or both into prominence. (Broadcasting.) The technician faded the picture in and the program began. Fade in the picture a little faster next time.
To cause something, especially sound, light, or a cinematic or television image, to appear or be heard gradually: At the beginning of the play, a voice mutters quietly as the lights fade in.