decreasing in strength, intensity, etc.: Many teens in focus groups expressed waning enthusiasm for social media.
declining in power, importance, prosperity, etc.: The recent hacking of the retailer’s credit card system will have devastating implications for its already waning business.
drawing to a close; approaching an end: The bill will likely be passed in the waning days of this legislative session.
(of the moon) decreasing in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon: The crescent of fine white sand, wrapped around the bay, looked like a waning moon.
the process of decreasing, declining, or coming to an end: The Middle Ages occurred between the waning of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance.
(of the moon) the process of decreasing in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon: Onion seeds are planted in the fall, during the waning of the Harvest Moon.
- un·wan·ing, adjective
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How to use waning in a sentence
The benefits of vaccination, even if there is some waning, will last years.Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids Against COVID-19 | Dr. Ashish K. Jha | October 30, 2021 | Time
The slowdown in ad job growth could indicate the “waning days” of the current economic expansion, or it could just be that agencies are opting to play it safe.Hear me out: FLoC, but as a matchmaking service; Tuesday’s daily brief | George Nguyen | August 10, 2021 | Search Engine Land
His fusion band, Return to Forever, would soon become one of the most popular groups of the era, with several of its albums sailing into the Billboard Top 40 during a time when the marketability of jazz was on the wane.Remembering Chick Corea, An Endlessly Inquisitive Jazz Pioneer | Andrew R. Chow | February 12, 2021 | Time
Almost $60 billion worth of stock changed hands at $695 a share, most of it in one giant trade in the session’s waning seconds.Tesla slides on first day of trading on S&P 500 Index | Verne Kopytoff | December 21, 2020 | Fortune
On Sunday, the Jets fell to 0-12, after allowing a long touchdown pass in the game’s waning seconds.A divisive Jets reporter, accused of bullying, loses his place on the beat | Ben Strauss | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
For progressives, the waning days of 2014 should be as dark a moment as their movement has faced since 2004.
The government report states the “outbreak [of beetles] is waning.”
As we enter the waning years of the Obama Administration, America remains as divided as ever on matters of race.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War? | Ron Christie | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, her popularity is waning as the big 3-0 approaches, so Garfield decides to dump her at an antique furniture store.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix | Marlow Stern | August 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, again, with enthusiasm for Modern Family waning as the buzz for Veep continues to grow, Tony Hale should win again this year.What's TV's Funniest Show? Our Emmy Awards Comedy Predictions | Kevin Fallon | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When it is new, and also when in its waning stages it is visible in the daytime, the spherical form is very apparent.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
My waning strength is a source of satisfaction: perhaps it indicates the approach of death.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Any attack of illness that happened to the emperor was directly attributed to the waning popularity of the oath.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
The afternoon of a summer's day was deepening into twilight, but the waning light sufficed to show the features of the occupants.Alone | Marion Harland
Such as still lingered shone with a changed and waning brightness, and began to faint in their stations.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster