verb \ˈwer\

: to use or have (something) as clothing : to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body

: to use or have (something) on your body

: to grow or arrange (your hair) in a particular way

wore \ˈwr\ worn \ˈwrn\ wear·ing

Full Definition of WEAR

transitive verb
:  to bear or have on the person <wore a coat>
a :  to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance <wears a size 10> <wear glasses>
b :  to carry on the person <wear a sword>
a :  to hold the rank or dignity or position signified by (an ornament) <wear the royal crown>
b :  exhibit, present <wore a happy smile> <commend the book for wearing its research so lightly — Brad Leithauser>
c :  to show or fly (a flag or colors) on a ship
a :  to cause to deteriorate by use
b :  to impair or diminish by use or attrition :  consume or waste gradually <letters on the stone worn away by weathering>
:  to produce gradually by friction or attrition <wear a hole in the rug>
:  to exhaust or lessen the strength of :  weary, fatigue
:  to cause (a ship) to go about with the stern presented to the wind
British :  to accept or tolerate without complaint :  put up with —usually used in negative constructions <your mates wouldn't wear it — Colin MacInnes>
:  take on 3a
intransitive verb
a :  to endure use :  last under use or the passage of time <material that will wear for years>
b :  to retain quality or vitality <the classics wear well>
a :  to diminish or decay through use <the heels of his shoes began to wear>
b :  to diminish or fail with the passage of time <the effect of the drug wore off> <the day wore on>
c :  to grow or become by attrition or use <the blade wore dull>
of a ship :  to change to an opposite tack by turning the stern to the wind — compare tack
wear·er noun
wear on
:  irritate, fray <the constant beeping wore on my nerves>
wear the trousers or wear the pants
:  to have the controlling authority in a household
wear thin
:  to become weak or ready to give way <my patience was wearing thin>
:  to become trite, unconvincing, or out-of-date <an argument that quickly wore thin>

Examples of WEAR

  1. He was wearing blue jeans.
  2. She wore a red blouse to work.
  3. White coats are often worn by doctors.
  4. He doesn't wear a watch.
  5. a badge worn by police officers
  6. Were you wearing a seat belt?
  7. She wears her hair in a ponytail.
  8. I used to wear my hair long.
  9. The teacher was wearing a frown.
  10. He wore a hole in his pants.

Origin of WEAR

Middle English weren, from Old English werian; akin to Old Norse verja to clothe, invest, spend, Latin vestis clothing, garment, Greek hennynai to clothe
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the act of using something as clothing : the act of wearing something

: the act of using something

: clothing that is designed for a specified kind of person, occasion, or use

Full Definition of WEAR

:  the act of wearing :  the state of being worn :  use <clothes for everyday wear>
a :  clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind; especially :  clothing worn for a special occasion or popular during a specific period
b :  fashion, vogue
:  wearing quality :  durability under use
:  the result of wearing or use :  diminution or impairment due to use <wear-resistant surface>

Examples of WEAR

  1. shoes that are perfect for everyday wear
  2. The deck is built to withstand years of wear.
  3. I got a lot of wear out of these boots.
  4. a new line of evening wear
  5. The carpet is showing signs of wear.
  6. You should inspect the tires for wear.

First Known Use of WEAR

15th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


geographical name \ˈwir\

Definition of WEAR

river 67 miles (108 kilometers) N England flowing into North Sea at Sunderland


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