wear1 [ wer ] (past tense wore [ wɔr ] ; past participle worn [ wɔrn ] ) verb ***
1. ) transitive to have something on your body as clothing, decoration, or protection:
He was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.
She wasn't wearing any makeup.
I don't have anything to wear to my interview.
a ) to use a particular type of clothing or decoration on your body:
He wears glasses now.
It was fashionable for men to wear their hair long.
b ) to have a particular appearance or expression:
They all wore puzzled frowns.
2. ) intransitive if something wears, or wears thin, it gets thinner or weaker because it has been used a lot:
His shoes were wearing at the heel.
The carpet has worn very thin in places.
a ) transitive wear something in something if you wear a hole or mark in something, you form a hole or mark in it by using it or rubbing it a lot:
You've worn a hole in your jeans.
b ) intransitive if something such as a feeling or explanation wears thin, it becomes gradually weaker or harder to accept:
After 50 pages, the reader's patience starts to wear thin.
c ) wear well if something wears well, it stays in good condition even after a lot of use
d ) wear well if a person wears well, they look attractive and healthy even though they are not young:
He was at least 50, but he'd worn well.
3. ) transitive usually in negatives or questions BRITISH INFORMAL to be willing to accept something that someone says or does:
We tried that excuse but they wouldn't wear it.
wear the pants INFORMAL
to be the person in a relationship who has the most control and makes most of the decisions
,wear a`way phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to disappear or make something disappear, because it has been used or rubbed a lot:
The inscription on the ring had almost worn away.
The grass has been worn away by cars.
2. ) intransitive if a feeling wears away, it gradually disappears
,wear `down phrasal verb transitive often passive
1. ) to make someone gradually lose their energy or confidence:
They were worn down by the stress of caring for five children.
Slowly he wore his opponent down.
2. ) to make something gradually disappear or become thinner by using or rubbing it:
The old stone steps had been worn down by years of use.
,wear `off phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) if something such as a pain or emotion wears off, you gradually stop feeling it:
The numbness in his shoulder was starting to wear off.
2. ) if a feeling wears off, it gradually disappears:
I got bored with the job once the novelty wore off.
,wear `on phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if time wears on, it passes:
My headache grew worse as the evening wore on.
2. ) transitive wear on someone if something wears on you, it is annoying, and makes you tired:
Your constant complaining is really wearing on me.
,wear `out phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to make someone feel very tired:
She was worn out from taking care of her elderly mother.
wear yourself out: You need a vacation or you'll wear yourself out.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to use something a lot so that it no longer works, or can no longer be used:
The children have all worn out their shoes.
The rear bearing had worn out.
3. ) transitive to make a hole or mark in something by using or rubbing it a lot:
He'd long since worn out the knees in his old jeans.
wear 2 [ wer ] noun uncount *
1. ) the continuous use that something has over a period of time:
Good suits stand a lot more wear.
a ) changes or damage that affect something when it has been used a lot:
There was heavy wear on all four wheels.
2. ) clothes that are appropriate for a particular activity or group of people:
evening/sports/children's wear: I didn't bring any evening wear.
=> WORSE 3

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Wear — Wear, v. t. [imp. {Wore} (w[=o]r); p. p. {Worn} (w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wearing}. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being {Weared}.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear — wear1 [wer] vt. wore, worn, wearing [ME weren < OE werian, akin to ON verja, Goth wasjan, to clothe < IE base * wes , to clothe > Sans vastra , L vestis, clothing, vestire, to clothe] 1. a) to have on the body or carry on the person… …   English World dictionary

  • wear — [weə ǁ wer] noun ( fair) wear and tear INSURANCE the amount of damage that can be expected to affect a product or property in normal use. Wear and tear is often taken into consideration by an insurance company when paying an insurance claim: •… …   Financial and business terms

  • Wear — Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear — [n] use, corrosion abrasion, attrition, damage, depreciation, deterioration, dilapidation, diminution, disappearance, employment, erosion, friction, impairment, inroads, loss, mileage, service, usefulness, utility, waste, wear and tear; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • wear — ► VERB (past wore; past part. worn) 1) have on one s body as clothing, decoration, or protection. 2) exhibit or present (a particular facial expression or appearance). 3) damage or destroy or suffer damage or destruction by friction or use. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wear — Wear, n. 1. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment. [1913 Webster] 2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion. [1913 Webster] Motley s the only wear. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear in — ˌwear ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they wear in he/she/it wears in present participle wearing in past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wear — 〈[wɛ:(r)] f. 10; unz.; meist in Zus.〉 Kleidung (HomeWear, SportsWear, StreetWear) [engl.] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wear — 〈[wɛ:(r)] f.; Gen.: ; Pl.: unz.; meist in Zus.〉 Kleidung; HomeWear; SportsWear; StreetWear [Etym.: engl.] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • WEAR IT'S 'AT — est le premier album des Rubettes, paru en décembre 1974. Liste des titres Way Back In The Fifties Rock Is Dead Tonight The Way Of Love Rumours Your Love Forever Sugar Baby Love Teenage Dream Rock And Roll Survival When You re Sixteen… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.