wear/wɛr/USA pronunciationv.,wore/wɔr/USA pronunciation worn/wɔrn/USA pronunciation wear•ing,n. v.
to have on the body as clothing, covering, or ornament:[~ + object]He wore his best suit to the funeral. She's wearing my ring on her finger.
to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance:[~ + object]She wore an angry expression on her face.
to (cause to) deteriorate by a constant or repeating action: [~ + object]Foot traffic wore a hole in the carpet.[no object]The carpet began to wear from the constant traffic of boots and heavy shoes.
[~ + object] to produce by such action:He wore a hole right through his shoe from all that walking.
to last, stay strong, or withstand much use or strain:[no object]That strong fabric wears well.
to weary; fatigue:[~ + object]worn by illness.
to make or become shabbier, smaller, or more aged by wearing: [~ + down + object]to wear down the heels of his shoes.[~ + object + down]to wear the heels down.
to (cause to) become weary or tired: [no object]He gradually wore down and had to stop running.[~ + object + down]All that long-distance running wore him down.[~ + down + object]That distance would wear down most runners.
[~ + object + down] to overcome (opposition) by working without stopping:Gradually she wore her father down until at last he consented to the marriage.
wear off,[no object] to become less or to diminish slowly or gradually:The effects of the drug began to wear off.
wear on,[~ +object] to irritate; annoy:That noise really wears on me.
to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use: [~ + out + object]She wears out clothes quickly.[~ + object + out]She wears clothes out quickly.[no object]Those clothes will wear out in no time.
[~ + object + out] to cause (someone) to be tired:That long bicycle ride wore me out.
to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like:to wear a coat;to wear a saber;to wear a disguise.
to have or use on the person habitually:to wear a wig.
to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance:to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph.
to cause (garments, linens, etc.) to deteriorate or change by wear:Hard use has worn these gloves.
to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process:Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.
to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.:The waves have worn these rocks.
to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action.
to bring about or cause a specified condition in (a person or thing) by use, deterioration, or gradual change:to wear clothes to rags; to wear a person to a shadow.
to weary; fatigue; exhaust:Toil and care soon wear the spirit.
to pass (time) gradually or tediously (usually fol. by away or out):We wore the afternoon away in arguing.
Nauticalto bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning until the wind is on the stern.
British Termsto gather and herd (sheep or cattle) to a pen or pasture.
to undergo gradual impairment, diminution, reduction, etc., from wear, use, attrition, or other causes (often fol. by away, down, out, or off).
to retain shape, color, usefulness, value, etc., under wear, use, or any continued strain:a strong material that will wear; colors that wear well.
(of time) to pass, esp. slowly or tediously (often fol. by on or away):As the day wore on, we had less and less to talk about.
to have the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate, esp. after a relatively long association:It's hard to get to know him, but he wears well.
Nautical(of a vessel) to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind.
[Obs.]to be commonly worn; to be in fashion.
to reduce or impair by long wearing:to wear down the heels of one's shoes.
to weary; tire:His constant talking wears me down.
to prevail by persistence; overcome:to wear down the opposition.
wear off, to diminish slowly or gradually or to diminish in effect; disappear:The drug began to wear off.
to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use:to wear out clothes.
to expend, consume, or remove, esp. slowly or gradually.
to exhaust, as by continued strain; weary:This endless bickering is wearing me out.
to diminish; weaken:My patience is wearing thin.
to become less appealing, interesting, tolerable, etc.:childish antics that soon wore thin.
the act of wearing; use, as of a garment:articles for winter wear; I've had a lot of wear out of this coat.
the state of being worn, as on the person.
Clothingclothing or other articles for wearing, esp. when fashionable or appropriate for a particular function (often used in combination):travel wear; sportswear.
gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use:The carpet shows wear.
the quality of resisting deterioration with use; durability.
bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun, nominal) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the verb, verbal; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)
21.See corresponding entry in Unabridged c. tire, fatigue, drain.