wear out

wore out; worn out; wearing out; wears out

Definition of wear out

transitive verb

1 : tire, exhaust
2 : to make useless especially by long or hard usage
3 : erase, efface
4 : to endure through : outlast wear out a storm
5 : to consume (time) tediously wear out idle days

intransitive verb

: to become useless from long or excessive wear or use

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Examples of wear out in a Sentence

keeping up with twin toddlers wears me out
Recent Examples on the Web There is a risk that a character that makes such a strong impression in small doses will wear out his welcome if a series is based on him. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 Silicone won’t wear out in the cold as a rubber band would. Catherine Russell, Bon Appétit, 19 May 2021 And unlike depending on zinc to prevent rust, the protection doesn’t wear out unless the paint wears or falls off. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 But the Dirty Honey singer’s yeah-yeahs and ooohs always up a track’s energy and never wear out their welcome. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 1 June 2021 Conventional tires on an electric vehicle would probably wear out 20% faster, said Scott Clark, Michelin executive vice president, automotive, motorsport experiences and Americas Regions, during the online presentations. Jim Henry, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Raw land doesn’t wear out or depreciate and there is nothing that can be stolen or broken on it. Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2021 When the brake pads wear out, the ABS warning light may incorrectly illuminate in addition to the Brake Pad Wear warning light. Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2021 Smart toothbrushes made by Philips NV can already automatically order new brush heads when the bristles wear out. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Wear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20out. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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