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wane

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verb \ˈwān\

Definition of wane

waned

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waning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to decrease in size, extent, or degree :  dwindle: such asa :  to diminish in phase or intensity —used chiefly of the moon, other satellites, and inferior planetsb :  to become less brilliant or powerful :  dimc :  to flow out :  ebb

  3. 2 :  to fall gradually from power, prosperity, or influence

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Examples of wane in a sentence

  1. The moon waxes and then wanes.

  2. The scandal caused her popularity to wane.

  3. Interest in this issue has continued to wane.

  4. the waning days of summer

Did You Know?

"Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour / Draws on apace four happy days bring in / Another moon: But oh, methinks how slow / This old moon wanes!" So Theseus describes his eagerness for his wedding night in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. As illustrated by Theseus' words, wane is a word often called upon to describe the seeming decrease in size of the moon in the later phases of the lunar cycle. The traditional opposite of wane is wax, a once common but now infrequently used synonym of grow. Wane and wax have been partnered in reference to the moon since the Middle Ages.

Origin and Etymology of wane

Middle English wanien, wanen, going back to Old English wanian, going back to Germanic *wanōjan- (whence Old High German wanōn “to lessen,” Old Norse vana), weak verb derivative from *wano- “deficient, absent,” whence Old English & Old High German wan “lacking, deficient,” Old Norse vanr, Gothic wans; akin to Latin vānus “empty, vain,” Greek eûnis “bereft (of), without,” Sanskrit ūna- “deficient, defective”


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of wane

abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing. the storm abated subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation. the protests subsided after a few days wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive. waning enthusiasm ebb suggests the receding of something (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes. the ebbing of daylight

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wane

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Definition of wane

  1. 1a :  the act or process of waning strength on the waneb :  a period or time of waning; specifically :  the period from the full moon to the new moon

  2. 2 [Middle English, defect, from Old English wana; akin to Old English wan deficient] :  a defect in lumber characterized by bark or a lack of wood at a corner or edge

14th Century

First Known Use of wane

14th century



WANE Defined for English Language Learners

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wane

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verb \ˈwān\

Definition of wane for English Language Learners

  • of the moon : to appear to become thinner or less full

  • : to become smaller or less : to decrease in size, amount, length, or quality


WANE Defined for Kids

wane

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verb \ˈwān\

Definition of wane for Students

waned

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waning

  1. 1 :  to grow smaller or less His interest in the game was waning. The moon wanes.

  2. 2 :  to grow shorter The day is waning.



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