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Definition of wane verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wane
    he / she / it wanes
    past simple waned
    -ing form waning
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  1. 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.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of the moon) to appear slightly smaller each day after being round and full opposite wax
  3. Idioms
    wax and wane (literary)
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    to increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time
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