Wear Definition & Meaning | Britannica Dictionary (2023)

1 wear

/ˈweɚ/

verb

wears;

wore

/ˈwoɚ/ ;

worn

/ˈwoɚn/ ;

wearing

1 wear

/ˈweɚ/

verb

wears;

wore

/ˈwoɚ/ ;

worn

/ˈwoɚn/ ;

wearing

Britannica Dictionary definition of WEAR

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1

a

:

to use or have (something) as clothing

:

to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body

  • He was wearing blue jeans.

  • She wore a red blouse to work.

  • White coats are often worn by doctors.

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b

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to use or have (something) on your body

  • I don't wear glasses.

  • He doesn't wear a watch.

  • Are you wearing perfume?

  • a badge worn by police officers

  • Were you wearing a seat belt?

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c

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to grow or arrange (your hair) in a particular way

  • She wears her hair in a ponytail.

  • I used to wear my hair long.

  • He wears [=has] a beard now.

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2

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to have or show (something, such as an emotion or facial expression) especially on your face

  • The teacher was wearing a frown/smile.

  • I guess I wear my heart on my sleeve. [=show my emotions in an obvious way]

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3

a

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to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, etc., because of continued use over time

used as (be) worn

  • The carpet was badly worn in some areas.

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b

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to cause (something) to form gradually because of use

  • He wore a hole in his pants.

  • A path had been worn into the grass.

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somewhat formal

:

to make (someone) very tired

  • soldiers worn by the strain of war

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wear away

[phrasal verb]

wear away

or

wear (something) away

or

wear away (something)

:

to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use

  • The paint on the sign had worn away.

  • Even a trickle of water will eventually wear rock away.

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often used as (be) worn away

  • The table's finish was worn away.

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wear down

[phrasal verb]

1

wear (someone) down

or

wear down (someone)

:

to make (someone) tired or weak

  • The pressure at home and at work was wearing her down.

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2

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to convince (someone) to do what you want by trying again and again

  • She pleaded until she had worn her parents down and they agreed to let her go to the party.

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wear many hats

see hat

wear off

[phrasal verb]

:

to gradually decrease, disappear, or stop

  • The painkillers wore off [=stopped having an effect; stopped decreasing or removing pain] after a couple of hours.

  • The shine on the leather will wear off pretty quickly. [=the leather will no longer be shiny after a short time]

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  • After you drive a new car for a while, the novelty wears off. [=it is no longer exciting or new]

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wear on

[phrasal verb]

1

wear on (someone)

:

to annoy or bother (someone)

  • Their constant talking was wearing on me.

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2

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to continue in a way that seems slow

  • As their visit wore on [=dragged on] she started hinting that it was time to leave.

  • as the day wore on

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wear out

[phrasal verb]

1

wear (someone) out

or

wear out (someone)

:

to make (someone) tired

  • All that work in the yard yesterday really wore me out.

  • She was worn out [=exhausted] from exercising.

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2

wear out

or

wear (something) out

or

wear out (something)

:

to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use or to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use

  • The tires wore out after 60,000 miles.

  • You'll wear out your shoes doing that.

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often used as (be) worn out

  • The tape is worn out.

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wear out your welcome

see 4welcome

wear the pants

(US)

or British

wear the trousers

:

to be the leader

:

to make decisions for a group of people

  • She wears the pants [=she is in charge] in that family.

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wear thin

1

:

to become weak or ineffective

  • I'd been waiting almost an hour, and my patience was wearing thin. [=I was losing patience; I was beginning to get annoyed/upset]

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2

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to become ineffective or uninteresting because of being too familiar or used too often

  • The comedy's plot relies on a case of mistaken identity, but the joke wears thin.

  • His charm is beginning to wear thin.

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3

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to become thin because of use

  • The rug by the door is wearing thin and needs to be replaced.

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wear through

[phrasal verb]

wear through (something)

or

wear (something) through

:

to use (something) so much that a hole develops in it

  • I've worn through two pairs of work shoes since I started this job.

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wear well

1

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to remain in good condition after being used

  • The floor wears well even in high traffic areas.

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2

informal + humorous

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to look younger than you are

  • For 70, she's wearing well.

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— wearer

noun,

plural

wearers

[count]

  • Some clothes look good on some wearers but not others.

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2 wear

/ˈweɚ/

noun

2 wear

/ˈweɚ/

noun

Britannica Dictionary definition of WEAR

[noncount]

1

a

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the act of using something as clothing

:

the act of wearing something

  • shoes that are perfect for everyday wear

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b

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the act of using something

  • The deck is built to withstand years of wear.

  • I got a lot of wear out of these boots.

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2

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clothing that is designed for a specified kind of person, occasion, or use

  • children's wear

  • a new line of evening wear

  • active wear

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see also footwear, menswear, rainwear, sportswear, swimwear, underwear

3

:

damage that is caused by use

  • The carpet is showing signs of wear.

  • You should inspect the tires for wear.

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wear and tear

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damage that happens to something when it is used for a period of time

  • The apartment showed no damage other than normal wear and tear.

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worse for (the) wear

◊ Someone or something that is slightly/somewhat/much (etc.) (the) worse for (the) wear looks worse after doing or experiencing something.

  • He came out of basic training only slightly the worse for wear.

  • The kids emerged from the woods looking none the worse for wear. [=looking no worse than they had looked before]

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FAQs

What is a simple definition of wear? ›

wore ˈwȯr ; worn ˈwȯrn ; wearing. transitive verb. : to bear or have on the person. wore a coat. : to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance.

What type of word is wear? ›

wear (verb) wear (noun) hard–wearing (adjective)

What does have to wear mean? ›

to have clothing, jewellery, etc.

Is wear down Meaning? ›

: to weary and overcome by persistent resistance or pressure.

What is the 3 forms of wear? ›

wear
  • he / she / it wears.
  • past simple wore.
  • past participle worn.
  • -ing form wearing.

What are the three types of wear? ›

There are four basic types of wear: adhesive, abrasive, corrosive, and surface-fatigue.

What is the synonym of wear? ›

See definition of wear on Dictionary.com. nounuse, corrosion. verbbe clothed in. verbcorrode, use.

What word can I use instead of wear? ›

What is another word for wear?
donattire
clothe oneselfclothe yourself in
fit outslip into
suit updraw on
turn outwrap oneself in
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What is the adjective for wear? ›

worn ​Definitions and Synonyms.

Where were wear meanings? ›

Just remember that "we're" is a contraction (the apostrophe is a giveaway), while "where" is a location, "were" is the past of "to be" (in some cases), and "wear" covers everything else (sometimes literally).

What are the forms of wear? ›

Conjugation of the verb wear:
  • Base Form/Infinitive without 'to': wear.
  • Past Simple: wore.
  • Past Partciple: worn.
  • Present Partciple: wearing.
  • Third Person Singular: wears.

Why do we have to wear? ›

Listed below are the three reasons why we wear clothes: Clothing provides physical safeguards to the body. Clothes Can Be Worn for status, modesty, adornment and identification. Clothes protect us from occupational hazards, weather, heat, dust, rain and cold.

What does out wear mean? ›

outwore ˌau̇t-ˈwȯr ; outworn ˌau̇t-ˈwȯrn ; outwearing. transitive verb. : wear out, exhaust. : to last longer than. a fabric that outwears others.

Do not wear out meaning? ›

: to become useless from long or excessive wear or use.

What does worn away mean? ›

phrasal verb

wore away; worn away; wearing away; wears away. : to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use. The paint on the sign had worn away. Even a trickle of water will eventually wear rock away. often used as (be) worn away.

What are the properties of wear? ›

4 Wear Properties. Wear of materials includes several different types of wear phenomena and mechanisms. Typical wear types are abrasive wear, adhesive wear, erosion wear, fretting, corrosion wear, cavitation wear, etc.

What are the five wear processes? ›

According to the motion, it distinguishes between sliding, rolling, oscillating, impacting and flowing. Wear processes may be classified as sliding wear, rolling wear, oscillation wear, impact wear and erosive wear, depending on the kinematics of the system.

What is the perfect form of wear? ›

Rainwater is the purest form of water. The rainwater directly comes from the condensation of water in the presence of the sun. The water evaporates from the lakes/rivers/seas.

What are the laws of wear? ›

Wear is a process of gradual removal of a material from surfaces of solids subject to contact and sliding. Damages of contact surfaces are results of wear. They can have various patterns (abrasion, fatigue, ploughing, corrugation, erosion and cavitation).

What is wear Behaviour? ›

Fig. 2 represents the wear rate of the composite and its matrix sample as a function of sliding distance at different loads and for various abrasive sizes. It is noted that the wear rate of the composite is less than that of the alloy irrespective of applied load and abrasive size.

What are the effects of wear? ›

Wear may combine effects of various physical and chemical processes proceeding during the friction between two counteracting materials: micro-cutting, micro-ploughing, Plastic deformation, cracking, fracture, welding, melting, chemical interaction.

What is the phrasal verb of wear? ›

Wear away, wear down, wear out and wear through can all be used in this sense, as in 'The grass has been worn away by the constant tramp of tourists' feet' or 'This type of road surface will wear down ordinary tyres pretty quickly'.

What is past simple of wear? ›

wore - Simple English Wiktionary.

What is the verb 5 of wear? ›

Also, because it's an irregular verb, wear doesn't follow the regular rule.
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V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 Form of Wear.
Base Form (V1)wear
Past Form (V2)wore
Past Participle Form (V3)worn
s / es/ es (V4)wears
'ing' form (V5)wearing

What is wear in simple past? ›

wore - Simple English Wiktionary.

What is the present simple of wear? ›

Hello. Present tense (indefinite): I wear / you wear / it, he, she wears / we wear / you wear / they wear continuous: subject + present verb be (coniugated) + wearing - I am wearing / etc...

What is the origin of wear? ›

Etymology 1. From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian (“to clothe, cover over; put on, wear, use; stock (land)”), from Proto-West Germanic *waʀjan, from Proto-Germanic *wazjaną (“to clothe”), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to dress, put on (clothes)”).

How do you use the word wear? ›

verb (used with object), wore, worn, wear·ing. 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.

What is the first form of wear? ›

Verb Forms of Wear
(Base) 1st(Past) 2nd(Past Participle) 3rd
WearWoreWorn
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What is the perfect tense of wear? ›

Perfect tenses
present perfect
Ihave worn
youhave worn
he, she, ithas worn
wehave worn
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What is the homonyms of wear? ›

The commonly confused words "ware," "wear," and "where" are homophones, although some people pronounce "where" with a slight puff of air at the beginning. The three are different parts of speech—noun, verb, and adverb, respectively—and have three very different meanings.

What does wearing in Mean? ›

if you wear in something such as a pair of shoes, you wear them until they fit your feet better and are more comfortable.

What is the homophones of wear? ›

Ware and wear are both examples of homophones, meaning they're pronounced the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

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