wears; wore/ˈwoɚ/; worn/ˈwoɚn/; wearing wears; wore/ˈwoɚ/; worn/ˈwoɚn/; wearing
Learner's definition of WEAR
1 a : to use or have (something) as clothing : to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body
b : to use or have (something) on your body c : to grow or arrange (your hair) in a particular way
He was wearing blue jeans.
She wore a red blouse to work.
White coats are often worn by doctors.
She wears her hair in a ponytail.
I used to wear my hair long.
He wears [=has] a beard now.
2 : to have or show (something, such as an emotion or facial expression) especially on your face 3 a : to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, etc., because of continued use over time — used as (be) worn b : to cause (something) to form gradually because of use 4 somewhat formal : to make (someone) very tired
wear away[phrasal verb]
wear away or wear (something) away or wear away (something)
: to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use — often used as (be) worn away
wear down[phrasal verb]
wear (someone) down or wear down (someone)
1 : to make (someone) tired or weak 2 : to convince (someone) to do what you want by trying again and again
wear off[phrasal verb]
: to gradually decrease, disappear, or stop
The painkillers wore off [=stopped having an effect; stopped decreasing or removing pain] after a couple of hours.
The shine on the leather will wear off pretty quickly. [=the leather will no longer be shiny after a short time]
After you drive a new car for a while, the novelty wears off. [=it is no longer exciting or new]
wear on[phrasal verb]
1 wear on (someone) : to annoy or bother (someone) 2 : to continue in a way that seems slow
wear out[phrasal verb]
1 wear (someone) out or wear out (someone) : to make (someone) tired 2 wear out or wear (something) out or wear out (something) : to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use or to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use — often used as (be) worn out
wear the pants(US)or Britishwear the trousers
: to be the leader : to make decisions for a group of people
1 : to become weak or ineffective 2 : to become ineffective or uninteresting because of being too familiar or used too often
The comedy's plot relies on a case of mistaken identity, but the joke wears thin.
His charm is beginning to wear thin.
3 : to become thin because of use
wear through[phrasal verb]
wear through (something) or wear (something) through
: to use (something) so much that a hole develops in it
1 : to remain in good condition after being used 2 informal + humorous : to look younger than you are
Learner's definition of WEAR
1 a : the act of using something as clothing : the act of wearing something b : the act of using something 2 : clothing that is designed for a specified kind of person, occasion, or use 3 : damage that is caused by use
wear and tear
: damage that happens to something when it is used for a period of time
worse for wear
◊ Someone or something that is slightly/somewhat/much (etc.) (the) worse for wear looks worse after doing or experiencing something.