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Definition a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
  • Our passion has waned over the years, but our love has grown.
waned = gradually decreased
  • The moon was waning, but I could still see the trail.
  • waning = diminishing (less of it was visible)
  • As time passed, interest waned and only the companies being regulated paid attention to what was happening.
  • "We thought about marriage," she said. "How can you not when you live together for four years? But you know what? Over time, passion wanes, differences don't."
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • wanes = gradually decreases
  • Fewer tears had been shed because the intensity of the feeling between us had waned.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • waned = gradually decreased
  • Piper tried to respond, but her confidence started to wane.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • wane = decline (grow weaker)
  • He could see the white town of Salinas far out in the flat and the flash of its windows under the waning sun.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • waning = diminishing or setting
  • His excitement waned a little.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • waned = diminished (grew weaker)
  • So the bulk of the earning came from our garage-door business, and that income waxed and waned with the seasons.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • waned = a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
  • I watched the early traffic rolling into the city's waning lights.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • waning = gradually going out (decreasing)
  • But as the day waned, Sylvia still watched the young man with loving admiration.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • waned = grew smaller
  • And so, as July wanes on, I am forced from my attic bedroom to a cot on the screened back porch.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • wanes = has its remaining days diminish
  • In the waning moonlight I saw Jem swing his feet to the floor.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • waning = diminishing
  • Allie was unable to recognize me at any time, and I admit my attention waned now and then, for most of my thoughts were of the day we had just spent.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • waned = diminished
  • It was dusk, and there were only a few minutes left of waning gray light.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • waning = diminishing
  • At last, to their right, the waning moon arose, and when it came up the wind died down, and the land was still.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • waning = diminishing
  • ...for the night is waning away
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • waning = diminishing (less of it remaining)
  • In the waning light, Julie's features took on a pale glow.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • waning = declining
  • The winds broke up the grey clouds, and a waning moon appeared above the hills between the flying rags.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • waning = diminishing (the illuminated part is getting smaller each night)
  • Sleep came not near my couch—while the hours ... waned away.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
waned = gradually declined

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