wear off

phrasal verb

wore off; worn off; wearing off; wears off
: to gradually decrease, disappear, or stop
The painkillers wore off after a couple of hours.
The shine on the leather will wear off pretty quickly.
After you drive a new car for a while, the novelty wears off.

Examples of wear off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the opioids were particularly potent, a patient might backslide as the antagonist wore off. C.j. Chivers James Patrick Cronin Elena Hecht Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 6 June 2024 Some experience mild nausea while general anesthesia is wearing off. Troy Bedinghaus, Od, Verywell Health, 1 June 2024 The Mandalorian Three seasons in, the novelty of the crown jewel of Disney’s Star Wars TV universe has somewhat worn off. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 31 May 2024 But there are signs that the military taboo in Silicon Valley is starting to wear off among startups and investors. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 29 May 2024 As the novelty has worn off, Carter claims he’s become the recipient of an unexpected amount of anger. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 Los Angeles mourns pioneer and friend Sam Rubin When the initial shock wore off, tributes, tales and memories flowed from throughout Los Angeles after the sudden death of an area icon, entertainment journalist Sam Rubin. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2024 Rare White Deer Sighting Turns Student's Trip into a 'Fairytale' The coloring, which wore off over several weeks, was caused by biliverdin. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 1 May 2024 After nearly three decades of that happening time and time again, the effect hasn’t worn off. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024

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“Wear off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20off. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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