Wear meaning

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The act of wearing or the state of being worn; use.

This shirt is ideal for wear in sultry climates.

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To carry or have on one's person as covering, adornment, or protection.

Wearing a jacket; must wear a seat belt.

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To carry or have habitually on one's person, especially as an aid.

Wears glasses.

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To fatigue, weary, or exhaust.

Your incessant criticism has worn my patience.

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Clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination.

Rainwear; footwear.

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To bring by use to a specified state.

To wear a coat to rags.

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To display in one's appearance.

Always wears a smile.

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(nautical) To make (a sailing ship) come about with the wind aft.
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To bear, carry, or maintain in a particular manner.

Wears her hair long.

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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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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.

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Damage resulting from use or age.

The rug shows plenty of wear.

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The ability to withstand impairment from use or attrition.

The engine has plenty of wear left.

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To have or show in one's expression or appearance.

To wear a smile, wearing an air of expectancy.

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To be fitted with or have on the person habitually.

To wear dentures.

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To have or bear as a characteristic or attribute.

To wear a beard, to wear one's hair long.

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To impair, consume, or diminish as by constant use, handling, or friction.
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To make, cause, or produce by the friction of rubbing, scraping, flowing, etc.

To wear a hole in the sole of one's shoe.

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To tire or exhaust (a person)
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To pass (time) slowly or tediously.
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To become impaired, consumed, or diminished by constant use, friction, etc.

Shoes that have begun to wear.

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To hold up in use as specified; bear continued use or handling; last.

A suit that wears well.

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To become in time; grow gradually.

Patience that is wearing thin.

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To pass away gradually.
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To have an irritating or exhausting effect (on)

The constant noise is wearing on our nerves.

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The act of wearing or the state of being worn.
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Things, esp. clothes, worn, or for wearing, on the body [children's wear]
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The fashion or proper style of dress or the like.
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The ability to resist impairment or loss from use, friction, etc.

A lot of wear left in the tire.

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To change the course of (a sailing vessel) by turning its bow away from, and causing its stern to move across, the wind.
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To wear a sailing vessel.
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To change course by being worn.
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(place) River in Durham, N England, flowing northeast into the North Sea: 67 mi (108 km)
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(now chiefly UK dialectal) To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
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(now chiefly UK dialectal) To defend; protect.
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(now chiefly UK dialectal) To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.

To wear the wolf from the sheep.

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(now chiefly UK dialectal) To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
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To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.

He's wearing some nice pants today.

She wore her medals with pride.

Please wear your seatbelt.

Can you wear makeup and sunscreen at the same time?

He was wearing his lunch after tripping and falling into the buffet.

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To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.

He wears eyeglasses.

She wears her hair in braids.

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To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.

She wore a smile all day.

He walked out of the courtroom wearing an air of satisfaction.

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(colloquial, with "it") To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.

I know you don't like working with him, but you'll just have to wear it.

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To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.

You're going to wear a hole in the bottom of those shoes.

The water has slowly worn a channel into these rocks.

Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.

Exile had worn the man to a shadow.

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(intransitive) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.

The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children's feet.

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His neverending criticism has finally worn my patience.

Toil and care soon wear the spirit.

Our physical advantage allowed us to wear the other team out and win.

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(intransitive) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.

Don't worry, this fabric will wear. These pants will last you for years.

This color wears so well. I must have washed this sweater a thousand times.

I have to say, our friendship has worn pretty well.

It's hard to get to know him, but he wears well.

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(intransitive, colloquial) (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.

Her high pitched voice is really wearing on me lately.

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(intransitive, of time) To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.

Wear on, wear away.

As the years wore on, we seemed to have less and less in common.

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(nautical) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
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(uncountable) (in combination) Clothing.

Footwear; outdoor wear; maternity wear.

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(uncountable) Damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time.
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(uncountable) Fashion.
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Used to form nouns denoting clothing worn by a particular sex (e.g. menswear) or age of person (e.g. kidswear)
  • On a particular part of the body (e.g. neckwear)
  • For a particular use (e.g. daywear)
  • Made in a particular way (eg, knitwear) or (redundantly) of a particular kind (eg, shoewear).
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To fly or display (colors). Used of a ship, jockey, or knight.
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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.

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To produce by constant use, attrition, or exposure.

Eventually wore hollows in the stone steps.

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To bring to a specified condition by long use or attrition.

Wore the clothes to rags; pebbles worn smooth.

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To break down or diminish through use or attrition.

The rear tires began to wear.

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To pass gradually or tediously.

The hours wore on.

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(nautical) To come about with stern to windward.
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(informal) wear the pants
  • To exercise controlling authority in a household.
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wear thin
  • 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.
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wear down
  • 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
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wear off
  • to pass away or diminish by degrees
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wear out
  • to make or become useless from continued wear or use
  • to waste or consume by degrees
  • to tire out; exhaust
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wear the pants
  • to wield the greatest authority in a family or household
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Origin of wear

  • Middle English weren from Old English werian wes-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian (“to guard, keep, defend; ward off, hinder, prevent, forbid; restrain; occupy, inhabit; dam up; discharge obligations on (land)"), from Proto-Germanic *warjanÄ… (“to defend, protect, ward off"), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to close, cover, protect, save, defend"). Cognate with Scots wer, weir (“to defend, protect"), Dutch weren (“to aver, ward off"), German wehren (“to fight"), Swedish värja (“to defend, ward off"), Icelandic verja (“to defend").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian (“to clothe, cover over; put on, wear, use; stock (land)"), from Proto-Germanic *wazjanÄ… (“to clothe"), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to dress, put on (clothes)"). Cognate to Sanskrit वस्ते (vaste), Ancient Greek ἕννυμι (hennumi, “put on"), Latin vestis (“garment"), Albanian vesh (“dress up, wear"), Tocharian B wäs-, Old Armenian Õ¦Õ£Õ¥Õ¶Õ¸Ö‚Õ´ (zgenum), Welsh gwisgo, Hittite waÅ¡-.

    From Wiktionary