Wanes is a verb that means to gradually decrease or disappear. The moon wanes as it goes from full to new.

  • The number of students that are at school wanes each year.

  • The number of customers at the store wanes each month.

Definition of wanes


a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)


ebb, ebbing


grow smaller


decline, go down


become smaller


decrease in phase

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Example Sentences for wanes

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    What is the cause it waned

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    Interest in mariachi music was waning.

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    The power of the kingdom began to wane.

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    By the end of the 1980s, the band's popularity was waning.

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    In feudal Japan, the era of the samurai is waning.

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    The popularity of panel vans waned in the 1980s.

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    Above the landscape, a rainbow forms in the waning light.

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    By the 1880s the influence of the Sheffield FA started to wane.

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    By the early 1960s the communist Huk campaign was waning.

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    By the fall of 1974 Glitter Rock was waning in popularity.