wear out


wore out; worn out; wearing out; wears out

transitive verb

: to make useless especially by long or hard usage
: to endure through : outlast
wear out a storm
: to consume (time) tediously
wear out idle days

intransitive verb

: to become useless from long or excessive wear or use

Examples of wear out in a Sentence

keeping up with twin toddlers wears me out
Recent Examples on the Web However, some customers have reported that the product wears out fast and is not a long-term solution for getting rid of bugs. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 Alas, after our tester wore them for six months (regularly playing the sport), both the outsole grip and insole cushioning had really worn out, leaving little shock absorption. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 What's more, both pieces are ribbed knit and can be worn out to drinks or at the airport bar. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 Pictures released by the Nigerian military showed the children looking worn out as they were covered in dust, still wearing their blue-white-and-brown uniforms while being transported following their release. Chinedu Asadu, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 Solving murders regularly wears out our culture’s best gumshoes: Think of bedraggled Sergeant Catherine Cawood of Happy Valley, or Henning Mankell’s series about the Swedish inspector Kurt Wallander, who even brews coffee with an air of quiet desperation. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 Paul has been known to wear out in a protracted postseason, and that won’t be the case this year. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 2 Mar. 2024 For pieces that are worn out, cut them up and use them for rags, or look for clothing recycling options near you. Abby Ferguson, Popular Science, 28 Feb. 2024 What to Consider The pants look more definitively like loungewear than the top, and may be too casual to wear out and about. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wear out was in the 14th century

Cite this Entry

“Wear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20out. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wear out

: to tire gradually
worn out from exercising
: to make or become useless by wear

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