American English

Definition of wax verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wax
    he / she / it waxes
    past simple waxed
    -ing form waxing
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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
  5. 5[intransitive] wax + lyrical, eloquent, sentimental, etc. (formal) to become lyrical, etc. when speaking or writing He waxed lyrical on the food at the new restaurant.
  6. Idioms
    wax and wane (literary)
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    to increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wax