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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By the end of class, my arms and core were worn out, and my brain was relieved to get a break. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "As it turns out, there’s a lot more to hooping than just keeping it at waist level," 29 Oct. 2018 People like myself are just cogs in the wheel, and cogs get worn out. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "John Calder Published Edgy Books by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller and William Burroughs," 24 Aug. 2018 This typically means your band is getting worn out or was too loose to begin with. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size?," 2 Aug. 2018 Then certain guys just getting worn out on the media. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Chris Petersen on UW-Oregon rivalry, Autzen Stadium, Myles Gaskin, Justin Herbert and more," 8 Oct. 2018 Houston’s first-round pick in 2008 (38th overall), Lyles had worn out his welcome in Colorado by midsummer after posting a 6.94 ERA in 33 games in the Rockies’ bullpen. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres roster review: Jordan Lyles," 1 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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1 Dec 2018

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

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