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waxnoun [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.

waxverb

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.
(Definition of wax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"wax" in British English

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waxnoun

uk   /wæks/ us   /wæks/
[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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waxverb

uk   /wæks/ us   /wæks/
(Definition of wax from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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