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wear

verb \ ˈwer \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of wear

wore play \ˈwȯr\; worn play \ˈwȯrn\; wearing
transitive verb
1 :to bear or have on the person
  • wore a coat
2 a :to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance
  • wears a size 10
  • wear glasses
b :to carry on the person
  • wear a sword
3 a :to hold the rank or dignity or position signified by (an ornament)
  • wear the royal crown
b :exhibit, present
  • wore a happy smile
  • commend the book for wearing its research so lightly
  • —Brad Leithauser
c :to show or fly (a flag or colors) on a ship
4 a :to cause to deteriorate by use
b :to impair or diminish by use or attrition :consume or waste gradually
  • letters on the stone worn away by weathering
5 :to produce gradually by friction or attrition
  • wear a hole in the rug
6 :to exhaust or lessen the strength of :weary, fatigue
7 :to cause (a ship) to go about with the stern presented to the wind
8 British :to accept or tolerate without complaint :put up with usually used in negative constructions
  • your mates wouldn't wear it
  • —Colin MacInnes
9 :take on 3a
intransitive verb
1 a :to endure use :last under use or the passage of time
  • material that will wear for years
b :to retain quality or vitality
  • the classics wear well
2 a :to diminish or decay through use
  • the heels of his shoes began to wear
b :to diminish or fail with the passage of time
  • the effect of the drug wore off
  • the day wore on
c :to grow or become by attrition or use
  • the blade wore dull
3 of a ship :to change to an opposite tack by turning the stern to the wind — compare tack

wearer

noun
wear on
:irritate, fray
  • the constant beeping wore on my nerves
wear the trousers or wear the pants
:to have the controlling authority in a household
wear thin
1 :to become weak or ready to give way
  • my patience was wearing thin
2 :to become trite, unconvincing, or out-of-date
  • an argument that quickly wore thin

Examples of wear in a Sentence

  1. He was wearing blue jeans.

  2. She wore a red blouse to work.

  3. White coats are often worn by doctors.

  4. He doesn't wear a watch.

  5. a badge worn by police officers

  6. Were you wearing a seat belt?

  7. She wears her hair in a ponytail.

  8. I used to wear my hair long.

  9. The teacher was wearing a frown.

  10. He wore a hole in his pants.

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Origin and Etymology of wear

Middle English weren, from Old English werian; akin to Old Norse verja to clothe, invest, spend, Latin vestis clothing, garment, Greek hennynai to clothe


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wear

noun

Definition of wear

1 :the act of wearing :the state of being worn :use
  • clothes for everyday wear
2 a :clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind; especially :clothing worn for a special occasion or popular during a specific period
3 :wearing quality :durability under use
4 :the result of wearing or use :diminution or impairment due to use
  • wear-resistant surface

Examples of wear in a Sentence

  1. shoes that are perfect for everyday wear

  2. The deck is built to withstand years of wear.

  3. I got a lot of wear out of these boots.

  4. a new line of evening wear

  5. The carpet is showing signs of wear.

  6. You should inspect the tires for wear.

Recent Examples of wear from the Web

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First Known Use of wear

15th century


Wear

geographical name \ ˈwir \

Definition of Wear

river 67 miles (108 kilometers) long in northern England flowing into the North Sea at Sunderland


WEAR Defined for English Language Learners

wear

verb

Definition of wear for English Language Learners

  • : to use or have (something) as clothing : to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body

  • : to use or have (something) on your body

  • : to grow or arrange (your hair) in a particular way


wear

noun

Definition of wear for English Language Learners

  • : the act of using something as clothing : the act of wearing something

  • : the act of using something

  • : clothing that is designed for a specified kind of person, occasion, or use


WEAR Defined for Kids

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wear

verb \ ˈwer \

Definition of wear for Students

wore \ˈwȯr\; worn \ˈwȯrn\; wearing
1 :to use as an article of clothing or decoration He's wearing boots. She wears a ribbon in her hair.
2 :to carry or use on the body
  • I am wearing perfume.
3 :1show 1
  • He always wears a smile.
4 :to damage, waste, or produce by continued use
  • … I had gone … by a different way so as not to wear a trail.
  • —Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
5 :to make tired
6 :to last through long use
  • The cloth wears well.
7 :to lessen or end with the passing of time
  • The day wore on.

wearer

noun
wear out
1 :to make useless by long or hard use
2 :1tire 1

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wear

noun

Definition of wear for Students

1 :the act of wearing :the state of being worn
2 :clothing for a particular group or for a particular occasion
  • children's wear
  • rain wear
3 :damage caused by use


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