- Wear means the act of using clothing or gradual impairment or loss due to use.
- An example of wear is sports gear.
- An example of wear is scuffing on shoes.
- Wear is defined as to have on the body or to reduce the quality of the appearance by constant use.
- An example of wear is to have on a pair of sunglasses.
- An example of wear is to wear a hole in the elbow of a jacket.
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- to have on the body or carry on the person (clothing, jewelry, a weapon, etc.)
- to hold the position or rank symbolized by: to wear the heavyweight crown
- to dress in (a specified kind of attire) so as to be in style: what college students are wearing this fall
- to have or show in one's expression or appearance: to wear a smile, wearing an air of expectancy
- to be fitted with or have on the person habitually: to wear dentures
- to have or bear as a characteristic or attribute: to wear a beard, to wear one's hair long
- to fly or show (its flag): said of a ship
- to impair, consume, or diminish as by constant use, handling, or friction: often with away
- to bring by use to a specified state: to wear a coat to rags
- to make, cause, or produce by the friction of rubbing, scraping, flowing, etc.: to wear a hole in the sole of one's shoe
- to tire or exhaust (a person)
- to pass (time) slowly or tediously: often with away or out
Origin: Middle English weren from Old English werian, akin to Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan, to clothe from Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, to clothe from source Sanskrit vastra-, Classical Latin vestis, clothing, vestire, to clothe
- to become impaired, consumed, or diminished by constant use, friction, etc.: shoes that have begun to wear
- to hold up in use as specified; bear continued use or handling; last: a suit that wears well
- to become in time; grow gradually: courage that is wearing thin
- to pass away gradually: often with away or on: said of time [the year wore on]
- to have an irritating or exhausting effect (on): noise wearing on our nerves
- the act of wearing or the state of being worn
- things, esp. clothes, worn, or for wearing, on the body [children's wear]: often in combination [sportswear, footwear]
- the fashion or proper style of dress or the like
- the gradual impairment, loss, or diminution from use, friction, etc.
- the amount of such loss
- the ability to resist impairment or loss from use, friction, etc.: a lot of wear left in the tire
- wearer noun
Origin: ? altered (infl. by wear) from veer
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verb wore wore , worn worn , wear·ing, wears verb, transitive
- To carry or have on the person as covering, adornment, or protection: wearing a jacket; must wear a seat belt.
- To carry or have habitually on the person, especially as an aid: wears glasses.
- To display in one's appearance: always wears a smile.
- To bear, carry, or maintain in a particular manner: wears her hair long.
- To fly or display (colors). Used of a ship, jockey, or knight.
- To damage, diminish, erode, or consume by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure. Often used with away, down, or off: rocks worn away by the sea; shoes worn down at the heels.
- To produce by constant use, attrition, or exposure: eventually wore hollows in the stone steps.
- To bring to a specified condition by long use or attrition: wore the clothes to rags; pebbles worn smooth.
- To fatigue, weary, or exhaust: Your incessant criticism has worn my patience.
- Nautical To make (a sailing ship) come about with the wind aft.
- a. To last under continual or hard use: a fabric that will wear.b. To last through the passage of time: a friendship that wears well.
- To break down or diminish through use or attrition: The rear tires began to wear.
- To pass gradually or tediously: The hours wore on.
- Nautical To come about with stern to windward.
- The act of wearing or the state of being worn; use: The coat has had heavy wear.
- Clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination: rainwear; footwear.
- Gradual impairment or diminution resulting from use or attrition.
- The ability to withstand impairment from use or attrition: The engine has plenty of wear left.
Origin: Middle English weren, from Old English werian; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots.
- wearˈer noun
wear - Phrases/Idioms
- to make or become worn; lose or cause to lose thickness or height by use, friction, etc.
- to tire out, or exhaust (a person); weary
- to overcome the resistance of by persistence
- to make or become useless from continued wear or use
- to waste or consume by degrees
- to tire out; exhaust
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- To be weakened or eroded gradually: Her patience is wearing thin.
- To become less convincing, acceptable, or popular, as through repeated use: excuses that are wearing thin.