Definition of wax and wane in English:

wax and wane


  • Undergo alternate increases and decreases.

    ‘green sentiment has waxed and waned’
    • ‘Over time, levels of criminal behavior have waxed and waned.’
    • ‘But Murphy points out that the influence of religion and the churches has waxed and waned in the past; we cannot read the future from current trends.’
    • ‘The organisation has seen its fortunes wax and wane over the past 40 years, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1980s during the Greenham Common cruise missile protests.’
    • ‘The pain had waxed and waned during the intervening months, and he had been to several other health clinicians.’
    • ‘From 1575 to the start of the eighteenth century, mining waxed and waned throughout the Andes.’
    • ‘I find that my inspiration tends to wane and wax over periods of time, and with it, my writing skill.’
    • ‘Alternative malt beverages have been around for decades, their popularity waxing and waning among young adults.’
    • ‘Its popularity has waxed and waned through the years.’
    • ‘Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia wax and wane, treatment (as with that of other chronic diseases) is an ongoing process rather than management of a single episode.’
    • ‘As a result, the use of corticosteroids in head injury has waxed and waned over time, with extensive variations in practice.’