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

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But an Uptis will still wear out, like a conventional tyre. The Economist, "An airless, puncture-proof car tyre takes to the road," 14 June 2019 Jets wear out, and the U.S. government is commissioning a couple of new ones, which will not come into use until President Ocasio-Cortez takes over in 2025. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "On Painting Air Force One," 13 June 2019 With the exception of bands, which can wear out easily, Oprea says practically all other types of workout equipment are OK to buy used. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Build a Budget-Friendly at-Home Gym With These Tips From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 18 Nov. 2018 Typically, when the gears wear out — or the bearings fail — the differential will start to howl. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What to do when your rear end is gone," 22 June 2019 As the island’s only waste-incineration facility is wearing out, the bold decision was made last December to close it down in 2032 and make the transition towards a garbage-free society. Karen Gunn, National Geographic, "This island is going trash free—by recycling all of its waste," 22 Apr. 2019 If so, the economy will throttle back as the tax-cut effect wears out, reversing the yield trend. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is a flattening yield curve a sign of a coming recession?," 6 July 2018 Once again, Marshall had worn out his welcome despite his excellent play. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 86, Brandon Marshall," 12 June 2019 Few players wear out the sweet spot like Scott does, a quality that travels to any style of golf course anywhere in the world. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Ranking the Top 100 Golfers at the 2019 U.S. Open," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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14 Jul 2019

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