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wear

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wear

  1. 1 the result of long and hard use <after several years, the carpet was finally showing wear> Synonyms wear and tear Related Words abrasion, corrosion, erosion; decomposition, deterioration, disintegration; fatigue Near Antonyms fixing, mending, patching, rebuilding, reconditioning, reconstruction, renovation, repair, revamping

  2. 2 covering for the human body <the latest in fashionable wear> Synonyms apparel, attire, clobber [British slang], clothes, costumery, dress, duds, garments, gear, habiliment(s), habit [archaic], rags, raiment, rig, rigging, threads, toggery, togs, vestiary, vestments, vesture, clothing, wearables, weedsRelated Words garderobe, wardrobe; array, bravery, caparison, finery, gaiety (also gayety), glad rags, pretties, regalia, trim; foofaraw, frippery, gaudery, tawdry, trumpery [archaic]; tatters; costume, ensemble, frock, garb, getup, guise, livery, outfit; civvies (also civies), mufti; couture, prêt-à-porter (or pret-a-porter), ready-to-wear, tailoring; activewear, loungewear, outerwear, playwear, sportswear; nightclothes, sleepwear, smallclothes, underclothes, underwear; haberdashery, menswear




wear

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of wear

  1. 1 to use up all the physical energy of <the job of running their own business wears them sometimes> Synonyms break, burn out, bust, do in, do up, drain, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, kill, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, exhaust, wear out, wearyRelated Words debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind

  2. 2 to damage or diminish by continued friction <all that walking every day wore the soles of my shoes very quickly> Synonyms chafe, corrade, erode, fray, frazzle, fret, gall, rasp, rub, abradeRelated Words file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet

  3. 3 British  to put up with (something painful or difficult) <her marriage is so bad—I don't know how she wears it> Synonyms abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, bear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)





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