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A.Word.A.Day--wax

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This week's theme: short words.

wax (wax) verb intr.

To increase, to grow, or to become.

[From Old English weaxan. Ultimately from the Indo-European root aug- (increase) which is also the source of auction, authorize, inaugurate, augment, august, auxiliary, and nickname ("a nickname" is a splitting of the earlier "an ekename", literally, an additional name).]

See more usage examples of wax in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The stars are out as we stand on Seven Mile Beach strapping on flippers while Adrian waxes enthusiastic." Carol Perehudoff; It's a Dogfish-eat-dogfish World at the bottom of the Sea; Toronto Star (Canada); Feb 16, 2008.

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