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English noun: wax

1. wax (substance) any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water

Broader (hypernym)lipid, lipide, lipoid

Narrower (hyponym)bayberry tallow, bayberry wax, beeswax, candelilla wax, carnauba, carnauba wax, ceresin, cerumen, earwax, fig wax, floor wax, gondang wax, Japan tallow, Japan wax, lac wax, montan wax, paraffin, paraffin scale, paraffin wax, pisang wax, scale wax, shellac wax, ski wax, spermaceti, vegetable wax

English verb: wax

1. wax (contact) cover with wax

SamplesWax the car.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)beeswax

2. wax (change) go up or advance

SamplesSales were climbing after prices were lowered.

Synonymsclimb, mount, rise

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)advance, gain, jump


3. wax (change) increase in phase

SamplesThe moon is waxing.

ExamplesThe moon will soon wax


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase


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