Definition of on the wane in English:
Becoming weaker or less extensive: the epidemic was on the wane
More example sentences
- Predictably, there are now encouraging signs that the epidemic is on the wane as sales slowly begin to pick up again.
- The boss of the district's own low cost airline today scorned suggestions the sector was on the wane after rival Ryanair announced a profit slump.
- Although exploration in the North Sea is on the wane, Wood does not believe Aberdeen will decline as an oil centre.
declining, on the decline, decreasing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking, contracting, tapering off, tailing off, subsiding, slackening, drooping, sinking, ebbing, dimming, fading away, growing faint, lessening, dissolving, petering out, winding down, falling off, attenuating, on the way out, abating, failing, receding, slumping, in a slump, in remission, flagging, atrophying, weakening, giving way, melting away, deteriorating, in a state of deterioration, crumbling, withering, disintegrating, degenerating, evaporating, collapsing, drawing to a close, vanishing, dying out, obsolescent, moribund
informal on one's last legs
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.