- to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use: to wear out clothes.
- to expend, consume, or remove, especially slowly or gradually.
- to exhaust, as by continued strain; weary: This endless bickering is wearing me out.
Idioms about wear
- to diminish; weaken: My patience is wearing thin.
- to become less appealing, interesting, tolerable, etc.: childish antics that soon wore thin.
Origin of wear
OTHER WORDS FROM wearwearer, nounre·wear, verb, re·wore, re·worn, re·wear·ing.
How to use wear in a sentence
Data from Zero Friction Cycling, an Australian boutique that does chain testing, suggests that wax can offer a wear life that’s three times longer for chains compared to conventional lubes.
Providing long-lasting wear and moisture for eigh hours, the soft brush applicator is carefully designed for the delicate eye area and provides easy on-the-go application.Gift Guide: The best beauty and wellness presents of 2020|Rachel King|November 1, 2020|Fortune
After dozens of washings, I haven’t noticed holes or substantial wear and tear or had any issues inflating it.The Durable Gear One Wildland Firefighter Swears By|Amanda Monthei|October 28, 2020|Outside Online
That was previously impossible to do on 6×6 or 8×8 vehicles, which always had all their wheels engaged, but Volvo developed an opt-out option for trucks in order to save wear and tear on tires and to save fuel.France’s new military trucks can form a convoy with just one driver|Christina Mackenzie|October 19, 2020|Popular-Science
Speaking at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit, Stitch Fix president Elizabeth Spaulding said the pandemic has led the company to “lean hard into casual wear and athleisure” to reflect many people’s new lifestyle.
The Infinity Stones are six magical stones that, when inserted into the Infinity Gauntlet, grant the wearer infinite power.Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And please, please for the love of Zeus (himself a floral crown wearer) use real flowers.
There are different types of kimonos to denote something about the wearer, married or unmarried, young or old.
Wintour is, simply, a great arbiter and wearer of style: She should make the list.Are These Really the Best Dressed People in the World?|Tim Teeman|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Tikker wearer simply fills out a questionnaire to get the death clock started.Smartphone Apps and Wearables Are Taking a Morbid Turn|Charlotte Lytton|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How could he leave her with the owner of those hands, the wearer of those appalling yellow cotton gloves!The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
They were cursed by the Church as trappings of the Devil, inciting the wearer to foul deeds and intrigue.The Medici Boots|Pearl Norton Swet
It was sometimes supplied with a hood (cucullus), which the wearer could pull over the head as a protection or a disguise.
The rest was carried around the back and brought forward either over or under the right arm at the pleasure of the wearer.
A couple of elastic metal bands fastened the canister to the chest of the wearer.Star Born|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for wear (1 of 3)
- anything designed to be wornleisure wear
- (in combination)nightwear
Derived forms of wearwearer, noun
Word Origin for wear
British Dictionary definitions for wear (2 of 3)
Word Origin for wear
British Dictionary definitions for wear (3 of 3)
Other Idioms and Phrases with wear
In addition to the idioms beginning with wear
- wear and tear
- wear another hat
- wear down
- wear off
- wear one's heart on one's sleeve
- wear out
- wear out one's welcome
- wear the pants
- wear thin
- wear two hats
- wear well
- hair shirt, wear a
- if the shoe fits, wear it
- none the worse for (wear)
- worse for wear