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

Examples of wear out in a Sentence

keeping up with twin toddlers wears me out
Recent Examples on the Web The 27-year-old, five-time Midwest Tour champ didn’t exactly wear out the competition Tuesday night the way Holzhausen did all those years ago. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 With cross-functional teams working together between the automotive design and the storage and memory providers, problems such as not enough storage capacity for future developments and storage wear out can be anticipated and avoided. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Plastic and wood cutting boards wear out over time, developing grooves where bacteria can hide and thrive. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 18 July 2022 Those couplings wear out over time, and at the time of this writing, commenters are currently awaiting proof of this one's function. James Tate, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2022 Although the humor doesn’t wear out its welcome, the whiz-bang action sequences do, especially when the unnecessarily bombastic, San Francisco-set finale arrives. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 This pair, which also comes in a dozen colors, will keep their feet healthy while still looking cool enough to wear out and about. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The appeal is obvious: These dresses are comfortable enough to sleep in, but stylish enough to wear out of the house. Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 This sturdy waterproof leather boot is perfect for tromping around in the yard but stylish enough to wear out with jeans. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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15 Aug 2022

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“Wear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20out. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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