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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Its parts wear out and, if they are not replaced, the whole organism can cease to function, at least at the same level as in youth. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "‘Ticker’ Review: The Race to Reinvent the Heart," 3 Aug. 2018 People are getting hurt and having their bodies wear out because of the stress from increased productivity demands. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Muslim Amazon workers say they don’t have enough time to pray. Now they’re fighting for their rights.," 14 Dec. 2018 The hourlong midday meetup allows for a break when they are not yet worn out. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "A Salvation for Overloaded Parents: The Weekday Mini-Date," 8 May 2018 This is possible since linen, if cared for properly, doesn’t wear out during one lifetime. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 As aircraft grow older, their parts inevitably wear out at a faster rate, meaning the planes spend more time undergoing maintenance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-22 Stealth Fighter Receives First New 3D-Printed Part," 22 Jan. 2019 Anyway, after so many uses and washes, your towels are probably worn out. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What To Get Rid Of Before The New Year Starts," 26 Dec. 2018 The development fund paid 5.6m pesos apiece to put up the structures at Majada Blanca; when the nets wear out, the villagers will have to replace them at a cost of 100,000 pesos each. The Economist, "The feisty fog-catchers of Chile," 14 June 2018 While Peters ultimately wore out his welcome, the Chiefs got the best of his early years before flipping him to the Rams. Conor Orr, SI.com, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2015 Draft, Three Years Later," 29 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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19 May 2019

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

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