wear out

verb
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of wear out

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
: to become useless from long or excessive wear or use

Examples of wear out in a Sentence

  1. keeping up with twin toddlers wears me out

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First Known Use of wear out

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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