verbwore, worn, wear·ing, wears
- To carry or have on one's person as covering, adornment, or protection: wearing a jacket; must wear a seat belt.
- To carry or have habitually on one's 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.
Phrasal Verbs: wear down
- The act of wearing or the state of being worn; use: This shirt is ideal for wear in sultry climates.
- Clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination: rainwear; footwear.
- Damage resulting from use or age: The rug shows plenty of wear.
- The ability to withstand impairment from use or attrition: The engine has plenty of wear left.
To break down or exhaust by relentless pressure or resistance: The child's pleading finally wore her parents down. wear off
To diminish gradually in effect: The drug wore off. wear out
To make or become unusable through long or heavy use: wore out a pair of hockey skates; a vacuum that finally wore out.
To exhaust; tire: Raking the leaves wore me out.
To use up or consume gradually: His complaining finally wore out my patience.
Origin of wear
Middle English weren from
Old English werian
; see wes-2
in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wears, present participle wearing, simple past weared or wore, past participle weared or worn)
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To defend; protect.
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
- to wear the wolf from the sheep
- (now chiefly UK dialectal) To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
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 vÃ¤rja (“to defend, ward off"), Icelandic verja (“to defend").
(third-person singular simple present wears, present participle wearing, simple past wore, past participle worn)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- (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.
- To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (uncountable) (in combination) clothing
- footwear; outdoor wear; maternity wear
- (uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time
- (uncountable) fashion
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 à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤¤à¥‡ (vaste), Ancient Greek á¼•Î½Î½Ï…Î¼Î¹ (hennumi, “put on"), Latin vestis (“garment"), Albanian vesh (“dress up, wear"), Tocharian B wÃ¤s-, Old Armenian Õ¦Õ£Õ¥Õ¶Õ¸Ö‚Õ´ (zgenum), Welsh gwisgo, Hittite waÅ¡-.
- 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).
- Do not confuse -wear with -ware, which is used for collections of items and types of software.