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wax

noun [U]  us   /wæks/

wax noun [U] (SUBSTANCE)

a solid, fatty substance that softens and melts at a low temperature: Candle wax dripped on the tablecloth.

wax

verb  us   /wæks/

wax verb (APPEAR LARGER)

[I] (of the moon) to gradually appear larger and increasingly round: fig. Such controversies have waxed and waned (= become stronger and weaker) but continue to this day.

wax verb (BECOME)

[L] fml to become: Brad waxed eloquent on the subject of free enterprise.

wax verb (USE SUBSTANCE)

[T] to put a thin layer of wax on the surface of something: I just waxed the floor, so don’t go in there yet.
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