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1 wear /ˈweɚ/ verb
wears; wore /ˈwoɚ/ ; worn /ˈwoɚn/ ; wearing
1 wear
/ˈweɚ/
verb
wears; wore /ˈwoɚ/ ; worn /ˈwoɚn/ ; wearing
Learner's definition of WEAR
[+ object]
: to use or have (something) as clothing : to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body
: to use or have (something) on your body
: to grow or arrange (your hair) in a particular way
: to have or show (something, such as an emotion or facial expression) especially on your face
: to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, etc., because of continued use over time used as (be) worn
: to cause (something) to form gradually because of use
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)
: to make (someone) tired or weak
: to convince (someone) to do what you want by trying again and again

wear many hats

see hat

wear off

[phrasal verb]
: to gradually decrease, disappear, or stop

wear on

[phrasal verb]
wear on (someone) : to annoy or bother (someone)
: to continue in a way that seems slow

wear out

[phrasal verb]
wear (someone) out or wear out (someone) : to make (someone) tired
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 out your welcome

see 4welcome

wear the pants

(US) or British wear the trousers
: to be the leader : to make decisions for a group of people

wear thin

: to become weak or ineffective
: to become ineffective or uninteresting because of being too familiar or used too often
: 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

wear well

: to remain in good condition after being used
informal + humorous : to look younger than you are

— wearer

noun, plural wearers [count]
2 wear /ˈweɚ/ noun
2 wear
/ˈweɚ/
noun
Learner's definition of WEAR
[noncount]
: the act of using something as clothing : the act of wearing something
: the act of using something
: clothing that is designed for a specified kind of person, occasion, or use
see also footwear, menswear, rainwear, sportswear, swimwear, underwear
: 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.
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