wear out

wore out; worn out; wearing out; wears out

Definition of wear out

transitive verb

2 : to make useless especially by long or hard usage
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
Recent Examples on the Web Gators that size can usually stay underwater for hours but after being hooked twice, this gator seemed worn out. Karina Elwood, orlandosentinel.com, "Alligator hunting: For 2 Florida friends, a last chance to kill an elusive beast," 8 Nov. 2019 Good Girls Get High is sweetly amusing throughout, knowing enough not to wear out its welcome thanks to its fast-paced 77-minute running time. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Good Girls Get High': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 But as more caravans arrived, plus many migrants in smaller groups, all drawn by loopholes in American law that facilitated their release into the U.S., the welcome started to wear out. Mark Krikorian, National Review, "Why Mexico Is Cooperating with Us on Immigration," 17 Oct. 2019 Their poor performance and lack of durability helped to wear out the bullpen and exposed the organization’s lack of rotation depth. BostonGlobe.com, "I asked manager Alex Cora his thoughts about it Friday night after the Sox were eliminated and he asked for a day to think about it. Fair enough.," 22 Sep. 2019 That style can work in the short term, but tends to wear out. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Can they avoid being sucked into New York drama?," 15 Sep. 2019 In most cases the royal family will stay one night, sometimes two, to avoid wearing out their welcome. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "What the Downton Abbey Movie Gets Right—and Wrong—About Royal Visits," 14 Sep. 2019 The Ravens have thrived by rotating Pierce and Williams, who both play at more than 330 pounds, rather that wearing out either of their top run stuffers. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens seek to continue NFL’s ‘model’ defensive legacy despite changing faces," 29 Aug. 2019 Making that more difficult is Forky’s determination to throw himself back into the trash whenever possible, a recurring situation whose repetitiveness ends up wearing out its welcome. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 13 June 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wear out.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wears%20out. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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