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Definition of wane verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wane

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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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. Her popularity was waning somewhat.
  2. 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
  3. Word Origin Old English wanian ‘lessen’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus ‘vain’.Idioms (literary) to increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time Public interest in the issue has waxed and waned over the years. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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