Wear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wer|  American pronunciation of the word wear
Brit.  |weə|  British pronunciation of the word wear
irregular verb:  p.t. — wore  p.p. — worn
- impairment resulting from long use
- a covering designed to be worn on a person's body (syn: clothing, habiliment, vesture)
- the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment (syn: wearing)
- be dressed in (syn: have on)
- have on one's person (syn: bear)
- have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality
- deteriorate through use or stress (syn: wear down, wear off, wear out)
- have or show an appearance of
- last and be usable (syn: endure, hold out)
- go to pieces (syn: break, bust, wear out)
- exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress (syn: fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, wear down, wear out, weary)
- put clothing on one's body (syn: assume, don, put on)

Examples

He was wearing blue jeans.

She wore a red blouse to work.

White coats are often worn by doctors.

He doesn't wear a watch.

A badge worn by police officers

Were you wearing a seat belt?

She wears her hair in a ponytail.

I used to wear my hair long.

The teacher was wearing a frown.

He wore a hole in his pants.

Shoes that are perfect for everyday wear

The deck is built to withstand years of wear.

I got a lot of wear out of these boots.

A new line of evening wear

The carpet is showing signs of wear.

Phrasal verbs

wear away  — cut away in small pieces
wear down  — exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
wear off  — deteriorate through use or stress
wear on  — pass slowly (of time)
wear out  — exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: wear
he/she/it: wears
present participle: wearing
past tense: wore
past participle: worn
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