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wax

noun uk   /wæks/ us  
[U] a solid substance containing a lot of fat that becomes soft and melts when warm: She watched the wax as it dripped down the side of the candle.
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Specific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the bodyTypes of chemical
[U] the soft, yellowish substance inside your earsSubstances and structures in the body

wax

verb uk   /wæks/ us  

wax verb (USE WAX)

[T] to put a thin layer of wax on the surface of something, either to make it waterproof or to improve its appearance: I've waxed the floor so I'm afraid it's a bit slippery.Covering and adding layers [T] to remove hair from someone's body by covering it in a thin layer of warm wax that is then pulled off: She had her legs waxed.

wax verb (MOON)

[I] formal When the moon waxes, it gradually appears larger and rounder each day.Astronomy - general words

wax verb (SPEAK)

wax lyrical, eloquent, etc. old use or formal to speak or write in the stated way: My mother always used to wax lyrical about the lemon trees in the family garden.Ways of talking
waxed
adjective uk   /wækst/ us  
a waxed jacketCovering and adding layers
(Definition of wax from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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