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 Feel free to stretch your muscles without worrying about possible wear out. Popular Science, "Enjoy an extra 15 percent off on bestselling health and fitness gadgets and gizmos," 24 Dec. 2020 Volunteers began passing the winter wear out a half hour earlier than scheduled that Friday morning. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Area Rotary Club helps give free coats to kids of North Shore SD112: ‘In this year of COVID, the need is greater than ever’," 10 Dec. 2020 Built to tow sub-hunting sonar arrays at high latitudes, where punishing seas damage equipment and wear out crews aboard conventional ships, the 3,397-long-ton TAGOS-19s are the largest U.S.-made SWATH vessels. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering the Sea Shadow, America's 'Invisible Warship'," 3 Dec. 2020 Most workers have coats; socks and gloves wear out faster. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, "Amid a crushing pandemic, this party van is a lifeline for California farmworkers," 21 Dec. 2020 Less oil means more friction, which can wear out and eventually destroy vital components of your car’s engine. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How Long to Warm Up Your Car When It’s Cold," 10 Dec. 2020 Hyundai has issued a recall for 128,948 vehicles over defective connecting-rod bearings that can wear out prematurely and damage the engine. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Recalls 129,000 Cars for Premature Engine Damage," 4 Dec. 2020 That could make the bearings wear out and fail, potentially causing the four-cylinder engines to stall or catch fire. CBS News, "Hyundai, Kia fined $137 million for delaying U.S. engine failure recalls," 27 Nov. 2020 That could make the bearings wear out and fail, potentially causing the four-cylinder engines to stall or catch fire. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Hyundai, Kia fined for delaying US engine failure recalls," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wear out

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

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23 Jan 2021

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“Wear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wear%20out. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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