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wearing

[ wair-ing ]
/ ˈwɛər ɪŋ /
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adjective
gradually impairing or wasting: Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes.
wearying or exhausting: a wearing task.
relating to or made for wear.
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Origin of wearing

First recorded in 1805–15; wear + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM wearing

wear·ing·ly, adverbun·wear·ing, adjective
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How to use wearing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wearing

wearing
/ (ˈwɛərɪŋ) /

adjective
causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring

Derived forms of wearing

wearingly, adverb
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