V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to grow larger or more intense; 2. to take on a state or quality

Synonyms: grow, increase, expand, broaden, intensify, become

Antonyms: wane

Tips: As a verb, the word wax means "to grow or intensify." Each month, the moon cycles through its phase of waxing into a full moon and then waning again. Wax can also mean "to become."

Usage Examples:

I sat on the shore and watched the waves wax and wane. (grow, increase)

He started to wax philosophical after a couple glasses of wine. (become)

As the moon waxes toward its full state, it becomes rounder each day. (expands, broadens)

The speaker attempted to wax lyrical in an effort to get his audience's attention. (become)

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