Definition of wax verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wax

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæks//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wax
    BrE BrE//wæks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæks//
     
    he / she / it waxes
    BrE BrE//ˈwæksɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæksɪz//
     
    past simple waxed
    BrE BrE//wækst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wækst//
     
    past participle waxed
    BrE BrE//wækst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wækst//
     
    -ing form waxing
    BrE BrE//ˈwæksɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæksɪŋ//
     
    The sun and the moon
     
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  1. 1[transitive] wax something to polish something with wax
  2. 2[transitive, usually passive] wax something to cover something with wax waxed paper a waxed jacket
  3. 3[transitive, often passive] wax something to remove hair from a part of the body using wax to wax your legs/to have your legs waxed
  4. 4[intransitive] (of the moon) to seem to get gradually bigger until its full form is visible opposite wane See related entries: The sun and the moon
  5. 5[intransitive] + lyrical, eloquent, sentimental, etc. (formal) to become lyrical, etc. when speaking or writing He waxed lyrical on the food at the new restaurant.
  6. Word Originverb senses 1 to 3 Old English wæx, weax, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch was and German Wachs. The verb dates from late Middle English. verb senses 4 to 5 Old English weaxan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wassen and German wachsen, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek auxanein and Latin augere ‘to increase’.Idioms (literary) to increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time Public interest in the issue has waxed and waned over the years. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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