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fade in

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fade in

v.
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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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