\ ˈwer How to pronounce wear (audio) \
wore\ ˈwȯr How to pronounce wear (audio) \; worn\ ˈwȯrn How to pronounce wear (audio) \; wearing

Definition of wear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bear or have on the person wore a coat
2a : to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance wears a size 10 wear glasses
b : to carry on the person wear a sword
3a : 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
4a : 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

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
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2 : to become trite, unconvincing, or out-of-date an argument that quickly wore thin



Definition of wear (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from wear


wearer noun

Examples of wear in a Sentence

Verb He was wearing blue jeans. She wore a red blouse to work. White coats are often worn by doctors. He doesn't wear a watch. a badge worn by police officers Were you wearing a seat belt? She wears her hair in a ponytail. I used to wear my hair long. The teacher was wearing a frown. He wore a hole in his pants. Noun shoes that are perfect for everyday wear The deck is built to withstand years of wear. I got a lot of wear out of these boots. a new line of evening wear The carpet is showing signs of wear. You should inspect the tires for wear. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The microphones on Foley stages are incredibly sensitive, and Foley artists wear soft clothing to reduce interference. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The Upper Cape Women’s Coalition encouraged demonstrators to bring signs and wear green for a rally Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Falmouth Green. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 The team announced that Sharpe will wear No. 17 for Portland. oregonlive, 23 June 2022 Thom Sweeney’s contemporary approach to British tailoring is represented in Manhattan by a SoHo store that stocks its ready-to-wear line, offers made-to-measure and hosts bespoke trunk shows with its London cutters four times a year. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 Additionally, as the years wear on, the team behind the Voyager space probes has begun to shut down certain systems on the spacecraft. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 June 2022 Criminal barristers, who still in court wear the wig and gowns of the 17th century, this week agreed to strike over cuts to government payments toward defendants’ legal costs. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 21 June 2022 Fittingly, the bench carries an emblem that Jackson's team, the Waukesha Blazers, will wear on their uniforms this season. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2022 The ending was ugly, but Pacers fans watched as George transcended into one of the league’s most exciting forwards — and probably the most talented player to ever wear the uniform. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Long-wearing May not be suited for dry skin For oily skin types that are on the hunt for a long-wear, matte foundation, look no further. ELLE, 28 June 2022 This classic set offers loungewear coziness and wear-to-work polish in equal measure thanks to its oversized fit. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 June 2022 The fiber has high resistance to everyday wear and moisture, excellent abrasion and crush resistance, a reliable yarn memory to hold twist, and good stain resistance when a stain treatment has been applied. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2022 As an example of maintenance issues, the FTA's review found that a section of Orange Line track has been under speed restrictions since 2019 due to excessive wear and defects. Mark Pratt, ajc, 15 June 2022 Summertime calls for easy-wear makeup solutions all over, but especially on the lips. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Whiteley discusses luxuy, resort wear, and her ambitions for On The Island. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Based on those stats, the GXVE team is expecting more of the same with the newest drop in the collection of high pigment lip formulations—Xtra Sauce, a liquid, extreme-long-wear liquid lipstick with a vinyl finish and ultra shine. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 8 June 2022 What is the femme-wear equivalent for other people who work at these venues and events? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wear


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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More Definitions for wear


\ ˈwer How to pronounce wear (audio) \
wore\ ˈwȯr \; worn\ ˈwȯrn \; wearing

Kids Definition of wear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to use as an article of clothing or decoration He's wearing boots.
2 : to carry or use on the body I am wearing perfume.
3 : show entry 1 sense 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.
wear out
1 : to make useless by long or hard use

Other Words from wear

wearer noun



Kids Definition of wear (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Wear geographical name

\ ˈwir How to pronounce Wear (audio) \

Definition of Wear

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

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