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



BrE BrE//weɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//weɪn//
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  • [singular]
  • Word OriginOld English wanian ‘lessen’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus ‘vain’.Idioms
    on the wane
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    becoming smaller, less important or less common synonym decline Her popularity has been on the wane for some time. Violent crime appears to be on the wane in the capital.
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