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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Of course, consumers have to be willing to use the product until it’s worn out for this equation to work, and that doesn’t always happen. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "4 things brands should do for the environment instead of launching a new sustainable line," 1 Aug. 2019 Every driver knows the importance of oil changes and routine maintenance help keep any car ticking, and air filters clog, brake pads wear out, and serpentine belts stretch as the miles add up. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "4 Unusual Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer," 20 Feb. 2017 The bullpen: The Sox relievers are getting worn out and the season is only 56 percent over. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "What do the Red Sox need to fix in the second half of the season?," 12 July 2019 Spice mania hit internationally and Sherwood was far from the only prepubescent fan wearing out copies of the band's Spice and Spice World CDs on their Discmans and the pure camp 1997 movie Spice World on VHS. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Spotlight: Spice Girls Stage Designer Jason Sherwood on Creating a 'Nostalgic Glitter Bomb of a Party'," 18 June 2019 But Trump is wearing out not just my patience but my cynicism and giving me a deeper appreciation for decorum. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "A Slow News Month for Trump," 23 Aug. 2019 The Texans’ patience with running back D’Onta Foreman wore out Sunday, ending his tenure with his hometown NFL team. Aaron Wilson, ExpressNews.com, "Texans sour on D’Onta Foreman, give RB his release," 4 Aug. 2019 Part of that is the ability to play more snaps over the course of a game without getting worn out. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "After reconfiguring his body, Seth Williams ready to take next step as Auburn’s top receiver," 20 Aug. 2019 Would 8-5 be considered a success for Auburn, or would Tigers fans’ patience have worn out by then following a second straight slightly-above-average season? Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "AL.com All-Access: How good will Auburn’s quarterbacks be in 2019?," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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