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fade out

1. verb To slowly stop being seen or heard. And then we'll fade out, and the credits will start to roll.
2. verb To cause something to slowly stop being seen or heard. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "fade" and "out." Fade that scene out and then roll the credits.
3. noun The act of slowly ceasing to be seen or heard. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. The fadeout on that song needs to be less abrupt.
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fade something out

to diminish something altogether. (Broadcasting.) At the end, you should fade the music out completely. Fade out the music earlier.
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fade out

 and fade away
to diminish and go away altogether. The light in the distance faded out as the sun began to set. The light faded out as the candles burned themselves out, one by one. As it got farther into the distance, the car faded away.
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fade out

1. Gradually disappear or become inaudible; also, cause to disappear or become inaudible gradually. For example, He let the final chord fade out completely before he played the next movement. The antonym is fade in, "to appear gradually or become audible," as in The images on the screen faded in until they could be seen clearly. These terms originated in the motion-picture and broadcasting industries, where they apply to images and sounds. [c. 1915]
2. Also, fade away. Quietly depart, as in "Florence Scape, Fanny Scape and their mother faded away to Boulogne" (William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848). [Mid-1800s]
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fade out

v.
1. To disappear gradually: The final scene of the movie faded out.
2. To cause something, especially a sound or a cinematic or television image, to disappear gradually: The technician will fade out the lights when the speaker gets off the stage. I faded the spotlight out at the end of the act.
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But prop Allan fears a repeat of the fadeout that blighted last weekend's home victory over Treviso.
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If postcolonial Indian-English poetry is to mean something to the lover of poetry, then it needs to recognize that the poetic form of all nostalgia is ultimately the fadeout, replace descent with ascent, and prickly sensitivity with full-throated song.
The fadeout by the visitors allowed the home brigade to seize the momentum with scores from experienced pair Marc Teague and Tam McVie.
For his part, Gunners No.2 Stevie Scott has insisted his troops have shaken off the rust and weariness he blamed for the fadeout in Lyon last weekend.
In most movies about bigotry, the protagonist's got to turn a brotherhood 180 by the fadeout. Real life and good movies play out differently.