wear away

phrasal verb

wore away; worn away; wearing away; wears away
: to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use
The paint on the sign had worn away.
Even a trickle of water will eventually wear rock away.
often used as (be) worn away
The table's finish was worn away.

Examples of wear away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists realized in the 1970s that this protective sheen was wearing away as a result of human activity. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 Saliva is a skin irritant, Kapoor noted, because the enzymes inside saliva that break down food also wear away the moisture barrier. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 These minor glitches may have worn away our capacity to focus. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 Jamieson tells us that the print on a doormat usually fades, or wears away, first. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 As cartilage, the connective tissue that acts as a cushion between joints, wears away, achiness and discomfort ensue.14 Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.15 A healthy, balanced diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent it.14 7. Madeleine Burry, Health, 28 Feb. 2024 Earthquakes, erosion and vandalism wore away at them over the centuries. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Mechanical keyboards from newcomers or with cheaper prices often settle for ABS plastic with legends that could eventually wear away. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 31 July 2023 The new paint probably didn’t stick well to those areas because older paint there was already peeling, or paint there had worn away and left weathered wood as the base for new paint. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024

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“Wear away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20away. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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