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definition of the word wear

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Old English werian

Rhymes: -ɛə(r)

Infinitive
to wear

Third person singular
wears

Simple past
wore

Past participle
worn

Present participle
wearing

to wear (third-person singular simple present wears, present participle wearing, simple past wore, past participle worn)

  1. 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.
    He was wearing his lunch after tripping and falling into the buffet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. (intransitive) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use. See also wear away, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin.
    The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children's feet.
  6. To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary. See also wear out.
    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.
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (intransitive) (of time) To pass slowly, gradually or tediously. Often as wore on, wore away.
    As the years wore on, we seemed to have less and less in common.
  10. (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. See also gybe, jibe.


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