- to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
- to decline in power, importance, prosperity, etc.: Colonialism began to wane after World War II.
- to draw to a close; approach an end: Summer is waning.
- (of the moon) to decrease periodically in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon.Compare wax2(def 2).
- a gradual decrease or decline in strength, intensity, power, etc.
- the drawing to a close of life, an era, a period, etc.
- the waning of the moon.
- a period of waning.
- a defect in a plank or board characterized by bark or insufficient wood at a corner or along an edge, due to the curvature of the log.
- on the wane, decreasing; diminishing: The popularity of that song is on the wane.
Origin of wane
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Examples from the Web for waned
The German infatuation with Atatürk and Turkey waned after the Beerhall Putsch.The 20th-Century Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler
November 24, 2014
Trust in European institutions has waned across the continent.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe
Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser
May 21, 2014
On the other side, there are scores of Republicans whose boundless enthusiasm for war has waned considerably.Kerry vs. Kerry? It’s Not Simply Partisan Hypocrisy on Syria
September 6, 2013
Its prestige (if not its income) waxed and waned as Thatcherism died and the Blair era arrived.Charles Saatchi: From Saatchi & Saatchi to Allegedly Choking Nigella Lawson
June 18, 2013
Jess: I wonder how much of this has to do with the fact that feminism as a "movement" has waned.‘The Feminine Mystique’ at 50, Part 2: Three Feminists on What It Means Today
Jessica Bennett, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Alisa Solomon
February 12, 2013
She waned before the eyes of the king, like daylight that must be gone.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
"Now we ought to see the burgomaster," said Rob, as the afternoon waned.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
Between these two it would seem as the humour of the one waned, that of the other waxed.The Trampling of the Lilies
It was on his last day, when hope had waned, that he found what he hoped was a clue.Mixed Faces
It had ebbed from him with his blood, or waned with his fever.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
- (of the moon) to show a gradually decreasing portion of illuminated surface, between full moon and new moonCompare wax 2 (def. 2)
- to decrease gradually in size, strength, power, etc
- to draw to a close
- a decrease, as in size, strength, power, etc
- the period during which the moon wanes
- the act or an instance of drawing to a close
- a rounded surface or defective edge of a plank, where the bark was
- on the wane in a state of decline
Word Origin and History for waned
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 waned
see wax and wane.