gradually impairing or wasting: Reading small print can be wearing on the eyes.
wearying or exhausting: a wearing task.
- wear·ing·ly, adverb
- un·wear·ing, adjective
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How to use wearing in a sentence
Because vaccine production is still scaling up, getting things under control well enough to head off a second phase of the pandemic would have to rely heavily on social distancing and mask-wearing.
Their spread can be inhibited by the same common-sense measures, like social distancing and mask-wearing.Coronavirus mutations add urgency to vaccination effort as experts warn of long battle ahead | Joel Achenbach, Ariana Eunjung Cha | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
Dining halls will be all takeout at first, to maximize mask-wearing in places where students run into each other.Spring term delays: New wave of coronavirus uncertainty slams higher education | Nick Anderson | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Airlines typically require self-declarations and mask-wearing by passengers but do not conduct professional health screenings or require coronavirus testing of domestic passengers.FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings, paving way for first program to launch in Iowa | Ian Duncan | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Berenson said on the show Monday that mask-wearing has made “absolutely zero difference” in alleviating the pandemic, despite the scientific consensus to the contrary.At Fox News, a post-election shake-up brings more opinion at the expense of news | Jeremy Barr | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
One difference was that Chen was herself wearing white gloves.
She is wearing a crop top, and Andrew has his arm wrapped around her waist.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’ | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Otis says he was wearing a tan jacket similar to one described by witnesses.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was not wearing hejab but more surprising that that, is married to an Englishman.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West | IranWire, Shima Sharabi | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
wearing the right foot of a chicken was considered good luck.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And she would be wearing some of the jewels with the white dress—just a few, not many, of course.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
That she had her definite reason he knew, as a woman knows when another woman is wearing a last year's gown.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The law went into operation in England imposing a tax on wearing hair powder.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Governor Endicott, and other influential men in Massachusetts, formed an association against wearing long hair!The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
I should judge from the streets that not more than one-fourth of the females of Galway belong to the shoe-wearing aristocracy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for wearing
causing fatigue or exhaustion; tiring
- wearingly, adverb
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