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wane

wane

 
pronunciation:
weIn
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: waned, wanes, waning
definition 1: to decrease gradually, as the illuminated portion of the moon. (Cf. wax2.)
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synonyms:
decrease, diminish, dwindle
antonyms:
grow, swell, wax
similar words:
abate, contract, decline, ebb, fade, shrink, sink, subside, taper
definition 2: to become less powerful, prosperous, or strong.
His popularity was waning.
synonyms:
decrease, diminish, dwindle, ebb
similar words:
abate, contract, decay, decline, deteriorate, droop, fade, flag, languish, peter, sag, shrink, shrivel, sink, subside, taper, weaken, wind down
definition 3: to draw near the end.
The year is waning.
similar words:
end, finish
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a period of diminishing, such as that of the decrease of the moon's illuminated portion.
similar words:
abatement, decline, decrease, diminishment, ebb, fall-off
definition 2: the process of gradually becoming less powerful, prosperous, or strong.
synonyms:
decrease
similar words:
abatement, decline, diminishment, ebb, fall-off
definition 3: the ending or last part of some period.
synonyms:
end, ending
similar words:
conclusion, finish, termination, terminus
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