wear out

wore out; worn out; wearing out; wears out

Definition of wear out

transitive verb

2 : to make useless especially by long or hard usage
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 When the wraps eventually wear out, they can be composted. Popular Science, "Reusable sandwich bags and wraps for eco-friendly eats," 12 June 2020 But those bungee cords will dry rot, or simply wear out, over time. Joseph Albanese, Outdoor Life, "6 Waterfowl Projects You Need to Do Before Opening Day," 28 May 2020 Bonus: After the tots are worn out, there’s nothing stopping you from sliding a deck chair underneath and cooling off yourself. Juliet Izon, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Travel Toys and Activities to Keep Kids of Every Age Entertained at Home," 25 May 2020 If your concrete patio is worn out, badly stained, and weather-beaten, don’t despair. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Restore a Concrete Patio," 1 Apr. 2020 The fever pitch of feeling fed up or worn out, often with no end in sight, creates a negative loop that snowballs. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Meltdown memories: Learning from the tears," 8 Mar. 2020 Think of degraded soil as soil that's worn out, eroded or devoid of its organic matter, resulting in a poor crop. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "6 food and drink trends to watch for in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Playoff baseball can be a crap shoot; a team built for the long haul is often vulnerable in a five-game series, and even the best players can wear out after a 162-game regular season. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: These Twins have the best lineup in franchise history," 25 Sep. 2019 No wonder hearts get tired and wear out, with deficient ones needing to be repaired, or even replaced, if life is to go on. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "‘Ticker’ Review: The Race to Reinvent the Heart," 3 Aug. 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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27 Jun 2020

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“Wear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20out. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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