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wax

Short Definition : increase gradually (as the moon); grow

Definition
(noun) any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water Definition
(verb) cover with wax
Example Sentence
  • wax the car
Definition
(verb) go up or advance
Synonyms : climb mount rise
Example Sentence
  • Sales were climbing after prices were lowered
Definition
(verb) increase in phase
Synonyms : full
Example Sentence
  • the moon is waxing
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wax

If you go for WAXing( A technique to remove hair from your skin..usually ladies go for it) once..next time the hair growth on your skin INCREASES GRADUALLY...

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if you dont clean your ear canal on regular basis ,then the wax in your ear shall go on INCREASING/GROWING/ACCUMULATING..........;)

Lapse is the opposite of wax, while wax refers to an increase in something, lapse refers to a decrease.

Government always wax the tax

waylay

Short Definition : ambush; lie in wait for and attack

Definition
(verb) wait in hiding to attack
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for waylay

on the WAY robbers LAY wooden logs to stop you

waylay(phaltu person in hindi)have no work so they attack peaple to loot them.

one the WAY you LAY in and hide in the bushes to attack your enemy.

animals dont LAY their eggs on the WAY coz someone can ATTCK them and hence they lay their eggs SECRETLY[behind bushes]

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way+lay... imagine a situation where an army LAYs its plan of attacking the militants on their WAY to their destination..

waylay

you lay on d way in dark to stop him and attack

wean

Short Definition : accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean onese

Definition
(verb) gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
Synonyms : ablactate
Example Sentence
  • she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk
  • The kitten was weaned and fed by its owner with a bottle
Definition
(verb) detach the affections of
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wean

wean == mean--asking to give away what we like, milk from baby, etc.

Wean sounds like Bean ( say SoyBEAN)-- milk is considered a good alternative to cow's milk, so you can wean away the baby from its mother's milk and feed it soya milk instead.

VI-HEEN KAR DENA, that is to cause to leave

snds like 'weep'-so baby started weeping wen they weaned her

wean sounds like mean>>> woh itani mean hai ki woh dudh pite bacche ka bhi dudh chinn le... kulata..

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she is so mean ..usne bacche ko maa ka dudh nahi pine diya(wean)

wean and ween sound same. ween means to think and wean means to deprive baby of mother's milk.wean has a->b. so wean is the baby one

weary

Short Definition : tired after long work; V.

Definition
(verb) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
Example Sentence
  • We wore ourselves out on this hike
Definition
(verb) lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
Synonyms : fatigue jade pall tire
Example Sentence
  • I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food
Definition
(adj) physically and mentally fatigued
Synonyms : aweary
Example Sentence
  • `aweary' is archaic
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for weary

After long work surely u will look for leaving formal DRESS(WEAR)

Weary and Dreary...when you are weary (tired), everything seems dreary(gloomy).

if you are told to wear same dress everyday then 1 day you wil get tired wearing it and ask "WEAR dis?? Y????"

Wearing all safety dress made him tired after long work

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he is weary due to lot of worries.i.e. worries made him weary

Sounds like SURGERY. After a surgery, you often feel very tired.

weather

Short Definition : pass safely through (a storm or difficult period); endure the effects of weather or other forces

Definition
(noun) the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
Example Sentence
  • they were hoping for good weather
  • every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception
  • the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow
Definition
(verb) face and withstand with courage
Synonyms : brave brave out endure
Example Sentence
  • She braved the elements
Definition
(verb) cause to slope Definition
(verb) sail to the windward of Definition
(verb) change under the action or influence of the weather
Example Sentence
  • A weathered old hut
Definition
(adj) towards the side exposed to wind
Synonyms : upwind
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for weather

weather pertains to atmosphere and its effects and also weather refers to survive through a hard time

Weather (climate) and temper (anger) have something in common, they are both unpredictable...can change as and when they want.

weird

Short Definition : eerie; strange; unnatural

Definition
(noun) fate personified; any one of the three Weird Sisters
Synonyms : wyrd
Definition
(adj) suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
Example Sentence
  • an eldritch screech
  • the three weird sisters
  • stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures
  • an unearthly light
  • he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din
Definition
(adj) strikingly odd or unusual
Example Sentence
  • some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for weird

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weir..sounds like wear..and if you wear torn and dirty clothes and go to office....people will give a very strange look at you.

Weird and feared...most weird things are feared by everyone.

we often say ;he is such a weirdo.weird place.

sounds like beard..if gals have beard people look at them strangely..

His bearded(weird) is strange, unnatural.

well-bred

Short Definition : of good upbringing; well-mannered and refined

Definition
(adj) of good upbringing
Synonyms : well-mannered
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for well-bred

Someone who is very WELL in eating BREAD with a fork and knife is obviously well mannered.

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Someone who is getting good(WELL) food(BREAD); is obviously learning good manners.

well means good and bred is past tense of breeding or upbringing.simple

Well-bred and mannered both refer to etiquette(manners) of a specific kind.

welt

Short Definition : raised mark from a beating or whipping

Definition
(noun) a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
Synonyms : wale weal wheal
Definition
(noun) a raised or strengthened seam Definition
(verb) beat severely with a whip or rod
Example Sentence
  • The teacher often flogged the students
  • The children were severely trounced
Definition
(verb) put a welt on
Example Sentence
  • welt the shoes
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for welt

sounds like BELT...having been beaten by a belt, he had marks all over his body.

welt = wear + belt , when we wear belt regularly , it makes a "mark" on our heap , like mark from beating or whipping

welt sounds like belt...jab belt padti hai toh nishaan ho jaate hain

welt sounds like belt..if u beat someone with a belt it will make marks on bod =welt

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