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Topic: ASTRONOMY

Language: Old English
Origin: wanian

wane

1 verb
     
wane1 [intransitive]
1 if something such as power, influence, or a feeling wanes, it becomes gradually less strong or less important:
My enthusiasm for the project was waning.
The group's influence had begun to wane by this time.
2HA when the moon wanes, you gradually see less of it [↪ wax]

➔ wax and wane

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