wear1 W1S1 [weə US wer] v past tense wore [wo: US wo:r] past participle worn [wo:n US wo:rn]
1¦(on your body)¦
4 wear well
6 something is wearing thin
7 wear the trousers
8 wear your heart on your sleeve
Phrasal verbs
 wear away
 wear down
 wear off
 wear on
 wear out
[: Old English; Origin: werian]
1.) ¦(ON YOUR BODY)¦ [T]
to have something such as clothes, shoes, or jewellery on your body
Susanna was wearing a black silk dress.
He wore glasses for reading.
wear a seat belt
(=have it around yourself)
wear black/white/red etc
Usually I wear black, grey, or brown.
wear sth to a party/a dance/an interview etc
I'm wearing a scarlet dress to the party.
2.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [T]
to have your hair or ↑beard in a particular style or shape
She wore her hair loose.
3.) ¦(DAMAGE)¦ [I and T]
to become thinner or weaker after continuous use, or to make something do this
The cushions are starting to wear a little.
His jeans have worn thin at the knees.
You've worn a hole in your sock.
4.) wear well
a) to remain in good condition after a period of time
The tyres on the car seem to be wearing well.
b) if someone is wearing well, they look younger than they really are
He must have been around his mid-forties at least, but he'd worn well.
5.) ¦(EXPRESSION)¦ [T]
to have a particular expression on your face
wear a smile/frown/grin etc
His face wore a welcoming smile.
6.) sth is wearing thin
a) if something is wearing thin, you are bored with it because it is not interesting any more, or has become annoying
The film begins well but the joke wears thin after about ten minutes.
b) if your patience is wearing thin, you have very little left, because of a delay or problem
7.) wear the trousers
BrE wear the pants AmE informal to be the person in a family who makes the decisions
8.) wear your heart on your sleeve informal
to show your true feelings openly
>wearable adj
wear away phr v
to gradually become thinner or smoother, or to make something become like this, because of rubbing or touching
The leather is starting to wear away at the seams.
wear sth<=>away
Most of the grass had already been worn away by the spectators.
wear down phr v
1.) to gradually become flatter or smoother, or to make something become like this, because of rubbing or use
My shoes have worn down at the heel.
wear sth<=>down
Its teeth were worn down.
2.) wear sb<=>down
to gradually make someone physically weaker or less determined
It was clear he was being worn down by the rumours over his future.
wear off phr v
1.) if pain or the effect of something wears off, it gradually stops
The effects of the anaesthetic were starting to wear off.
2.) the novelty wears off
used to say that you stop feeling interested or excited about something because it is no longer new
It was funny for a while but the novelty soon wore off.
wear on phr v
if time wears on, it passes very slowly, especially when you are waiting for something to happen
I was feeling more tired as the night wore on .
wear out phr v
1.) to become damaged and useless, or to make something like this by using it a lot or for a long time
My boots are beginning to wear out.
wear sth<=>out
He travels so much he actually wears out suitcases.
2.) wear sb out
to make someone feel extremely tired
= ↑exhaust
All this shopping has worn us out.
wear yourself out
Illness and death came suddenly; over the years she had simply worn herself out.
3.) wear out your welcome
to stay with someone longer than they want you to
→↑worn out
wear 2
wear2 n [U]
1.) the clothes worn for a particular occasion or activity, or by a particular group of people
evening/casual/leisure etc wear
a new range of casual wear
bridal wear
the children's wear department
→↑footwear, menswear
2.) damage caused by continuous use over a long period
Replace your trainers when they start to show signs of wear .
Check the equipment for wear and tear .
3.) the amount of use an object, piece of clothing etc has had, or the use you can expect to get from it
The dress stood up to the wear small children give their clothes.
You'll get years of wear out of that coat.
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