wear 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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Some Republicans are also worn out by these story lines, but GOP voters are more likely than Democrats to find these topics exciting to hear about, the survey showed. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats worry their voters are more exhausted than outraged by Trump," 12 July 2018 The lingerie is also exposed, and the outfits are intended to be worn out for a steamy street style look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: What You Need to Know," 15 Nov. 2017 Everclear Ubiquitous radio play wore out this song’s welcome, but it’s poignancy returns when it isn’t being played once every 37 minutes. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Californians have been switching to these more efficient washers as their old machines wear out, along with their old shower heads, toilets and dishwashers, Gomberg said. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "No, Californians, you won't be fined $1,000 if you shower and do laundry the same day," 6 June 2018 As the brake pads wear out, the fluid level drops, and some air must get in there to replace that lost fluid. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "CAR TALK: Time To Trade Out Old Reliable For New Subaru?," 25 May 2018 Scandals reached a tipping point Pruitt also proved that even the Trump's most ardent deregulator can wear out his welcome. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "7 ways Scott Pruitt's legacy at EPA will live on," 6 July 2018 The team also plays on artificial turf, which can handle numerous events without getting worn out like grass. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 There's so many of these guys hanging around, just wearing out there welcome that there's going to be some musical chairs. Andrew Sharp And Ben Golliver, SI.com, "NBA Draft Lottery 2018: Considering Every Potential Outcome," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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20 Oct 2018

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

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