Definitions for wearwɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wearwɛər(v.; n.)wore, worn, wear•ing

  1. (v.t.)to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, support, ornament, or the like:

    to wear a coat; to wear a wig.

  2. to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance:

    to wear a smile.

  3. to cause to deteriorate, diminish, or waste by some constant or repetitive action:

    The waves have worn these rocks.

  4. to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action.

  5. to consume gradually by use or any continued process:

    Illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.

  6. to weary; fatigue; exhaust.

  7. to pass (time) gradually or tediously (usu. fol. by away or out).

  8. Naut. to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning until the wind is on the stern.

    Category: Nautical

  9. (v.i.)to undergo gradual impairment, diminution, reduction, etc., from use, attrition, or other causes.

  10. to retain shape, color, firmness, etc., under continued use or strain:

    a strong fabric that will wear.

  11. (of time) to pass, esp. slowly or tediously (often fol. by on or away):

    As the day wore on, we grew more discouraged.

  12. wear down, to make or become shabbier, smaller, or more aged by wearing: to make or become weary; tire. to prevail upon or over by persistence; overcome:

    to wear down the heels of one's shoes.

    to wear down the opposition.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. wear off, to diminish slowly or gradually or to diminish in effect; disappear:

    The drug began to wear off.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. wear out, to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use: to expend, consume, or remove, esp. slowly or gradually. to exhaust, as by continued strain; weary.

    to wear out clothes.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  15. (n.)the act of wearing; use, as of a garment:

    articles for winter wear.

  16. the state of being worn, as on the person.

  17. clothing or other articles for wearing, esp. for a particular function, fashion, or type of person (often used in combination):

    sleepwear; sportswear.

    Category: Clothing

  18. gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use.

  19. the quality of resisting deterioration with use; durability.

Idioms for wear:

  1. wear thin, to diminish; weaken: to become less appealing, interesting, tolerable, etc.

    My patience is wearing thin.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wear:

bef. 900; ME weren to have (clothes) on, waste, damage, OE werian, c. OS werian, OHG werien, ON verja, Go wasjan to clothe; akin to L vestis clothing (see vest )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wear(noun)

    impairment resulting from long use

    "the tires showed uneven wear"

  2. clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habiliment(noun)

    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

  3. wear, wearing(verb)

    the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment

    "she bought it for everyday wear"

  4. wear, have on(verb)

    be dressed in

    "She was wearing yellow that day"

  5. wear, bear(verb)

    have on one's person

    "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"

  6. wear(verb)

    have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality

    "He always wears a smile"

  7. wear, wear off, wear out, wear down, wear thin(verb)

    deteriorate through use or stress

    "The constant friction wore out the cloth"

  8. wear(verb)

    have or show an appearance of

    "wear one's hair in a certain way"

  9. wear, hold out, endure(verb)

    last and be usable

    "This dress wore well for almost ten years"

  10. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart(verb)

    go to pieces

    "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

  11. tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue(verb)

    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

    "We wore ourselves out on this hike"

  12. wear, put on, get into, don, assume(verb)

    put clothing on one's body

    "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wear(verb)ɛər

    to have a piece of clothing, jewelry, etc. on your body

    He was wearing a black jacket.; Which earrings should I wear?; He wore thick glasses.

  2. wearɛər

    to damage or become damaged through continuous use

    Eventually the carpet had worn thin.; He wore a hole in the knee of his pants.

  3. wearɛər

    to have your hair in a particular style

    She wore her hair up in a ponytail.; He wears his hair long.

  4. wearɛər

    to become annoying or tiring

    His constant jokes are wearing thin.

  5. wear(noun)ɛər

    the amount of use sth has had

    Replace the tires after two years of normal wear.

  6. wearɛər

    damage that occurs through regular use


  1. wear(Noun)

    (in combination) clothing (such as footwear)

  2. wear(Noun)

    damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time

  3. wear(Noun)


  4. wear(Verb)

    To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.

  5. wear(Verb)

    To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.

  6. wear(Verb)

    To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.

  7. wear(Verb)

    To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.

    I know you don't like working with him, but you'll just have to wear it.

  8. wear(Verb)

    To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.

  9. wear(Verb)

    To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.

    The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children's feet.

  10. wear(Verb)

    To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.

  11. wear(Verb)

    To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.

  12. wear(Verb)

    (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.

    Her high pitched voice is really wearing on me lately.

  13. wear(Verb)

    To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.

  14. wear(Verb)

    To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind.

  15. Wear(ProperNoun)

    A river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.

  16. Origin: werian from wazjanan, from wes-. Cognate to वस्ते, Ancient Greek ἕννυμι, Latin vestis, Albanian vesh, Old Armenian զգենում, gwisgo, waš-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wear(noun)

    same as Weir

  2. Wear(verb)

    to cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up, instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind, and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other side; to veer

  3. Wear(verb)

    to carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle

  4. Wear(verb)

    to have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance

  5. Wear(verb)

    to use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly

  6. Wear(verb)

    to impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend

  7. Wear(verb)

    to cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole

  8. Wear(verb)

    to form or shape by, or as by, attrition

  9. Wear(verb)

    to endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance

  10. Wear(verb)

    to be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually

  11. Wear(noun)

    the act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment

  12. Wear(noun)

    the thing worn; style of dress; the fashion

  13. Wear(noun)

    a dam in a river to stop and raise the water, for the purpose of conducting it to a mill, forming a fish pond, or the like

  14. Wear(noun)

    a fence of stakes, brushwood, or the like, set in a stream, tideway, or inlet of the sea, for taking fish

  15. Wear(noun)

    a long notch with a horizontal edge, as in the top of a vertical plate or plank, through which water flows, -- used in measuring the quantity of flowing water


  1. Wear

    In materials science, wear is erosion or sideways displacement of material from its "derivative" and original position on a solid surface performed by the action of another surface. Wear is related to interactions between surfaces and more specifically the removal and deformation of material on a surface as a result of mechanical action of the opposite surface. The need for relative motion between two surfaces and initial mechanical contact between asperities is an important distinction between mechanical wear compared to other processes with similar outcomes. The definition of wear may include loss of dimension from plastic deformation if it is originated at the interface between two sliding surfaces. However, plastic deformation such as yield stress is excluded from the wear definition if it doesn't incorporates a relative sliding motion and contact against another surface despite the possibility for material removal, because it then lacks the relative sliding action of another surface. Impact wear is in reality a short sliding motion where two solid bodies interact at an exceptional short time interval. Previously due to the fast execution, the contact found in impact wear was referred to as an impulse contact by the nomenclature. Impulse can be described as a mathematical model of a synthesised average on the energy transport between two travelling solids in opposite converging contact. Cavitation wear is a form of wear where the erosive medium or counter-body is a fluid. Corrosion may be included in wear phenomenons, but the damage is amplified and performed by chemical reactions rather than mechanical action.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #984

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wear' in Verbs Frequency: #153

Translations for wear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


use as clothes etc

I use this suit for everyday wear; Those shoes won't stand much wear.

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