verb (used without object), waned, wan·ing.
Origin of wane
Examples from the Web for wane
Today, liberal Protestantism is on the wane, and optimistic postmillennialism along with it.
On defense, Republican small government orthodoxy tends to wane.Republicans Don’t Really Care About Reducing America’s Debt|Peter Beinart|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There is also statistical evidence to suggest that FGM may be on the wane.
Until last night, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that the Tea Party was on the wane.
The South can block some things, but eventually even that power will wane.
And it was at this time when their love story was at wane that I became a competitor.Memoirs of My Dead Life|George Moore
Where there is no growth, decay has already set in; if there be no waxing of the powers, they have already begun to wane.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. Peter|J. Rawson Lumby
The summer began to wane, and a sharp chill in the air warned Dame Grumble that winter was not far away.The Green Forest Fairy Book|Loretta Ellen Brady
Apart from the piano work, the special teaching of elegant accomplishments seems just at present on the wane.Mankind in the Making|H. G. Wells
Even after repeated expeditions had discounted the exuberant optimism of this description, the Englishmen's faith did not wane.Our Foreigners|Samuel P. Orth
British Dictionary definitions for wane
Word Origin for wane
Word Origin and History for wane
Old English wanian "make or become smaller gradually," from Proto-Germanic *wanojanan (cf. Old Saxon wanon, Old Norse vana, Old Frisian wania, Middle Dutch waenen, Old High German wanon "to wane, to grow less"), from *wano- "lacking," from PIE *we-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (see vain). Related: Waned; waning; wanes.
Idioms and Phrases with wane
see wax and wane.