- 1[intransitive] to become gradually weaker or less important synonym decrease, fade Her enthusiasm for the whole idea was waning rapidly. Their popularity waned during that period. Her popularity was waning somewhat.
- 2[intransitive] (of the moon) to appear slightly smaller each day after being round and full opposite wax See related entries: The sun and the moon Word Origin Old English wanian ‘lessen’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus
BrE BrE//weɪn//; NAmE NAmE//weɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wane
BrE BrE//weɪn//; NAmE NAmE//weɪn//he / she / it wanes
BrE BrE//weɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//weɪnz//past simple waned
BrE BrE//weɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//weɪnd//past participle waned
BrE BrE//weɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//weɪnd//-ing form waning
BrE BrE//ˈweɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪnɪŋ//The sun and the moon