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Meaning of “wax” in the English Dictionary

"wax" in British English

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waxnoun

uk   us   /wæks/
[U] a ​solidsubstancecontaining a lot of ​fat that ​becomessoft and ​melts when ​warm: She ​watched the wax as it ​dripped down the ​side of the ​candle.
See also
[U] the ​soft, ​yellowishsubstance inside ​yourears

waxverb

uk   us   /wæks/
  • wax verb (USE WAX)

[T] to put a ​thinlayer of wax on the ​surface of something, either to make it waterproof or to ​improveitsappearance: I've waxed the ​floor so it's ​ratherslippery. [T] to ​removehair from someone's ​body by ​covering it in a ​thinlayer of ​warm wax that is then ​pulled off: She had her ​legs waxed.
  • wax verb (MOON)

[I] formal When the ​moon waxes, it ​graduallyappearslarger and ​rounder each ​day.
waxed
adjective uk   us   /wækst/
a waxed ​jacket waxed ​cottonthread
(Definition of wax from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wax" in American English

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waxnoun [U]

 us   /wæks/
  • wax noun [U] (SUBSTANCE)

a ​solid, ​fattysubstance that ​softens and ​melts at a ​lowtemperature: Candle wax ​dripped on the ​tablecloth.

waxverb

 us   /wæks/
  • wax verb (APPEAR LARGER)

[I] (of the ​moon) to ​graduallyappearlarger and ​increasingly round: fig. Such ​controversies have waxed and ​waned (= ​becomestronger and ​weaker) but ​continue to this ​day.
  • wax verb (BECOME)

[L] fml to ​become: Brad waxed ​eloquent on the ​subject of ​freeenterprise.
  • wax verb (USE SUBSTANCE)

[T] to put a ​thinlayer of wax on the ​surface of something: I just waxed the ​floor, so don’t go in there ​yet.
(Definition of wax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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