wear Definition

  • 1to have clothing, jewellery, or an accessory on your body as a form of adornment or protection
  • 2to become damaged or thinner over time due to use or friction
  • 3to tolerate or endure something unpleasant or difficult

Using wear: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wear" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wears a red dress to the party.

  • Example

    The carpet has worn thin in high-traffic areas.

  • Example

    I can't wear these shoes anymore, they hurt my feet.

  • Example

    He wears his heart on his sleeve and is easily hurt.

  • Example

    The constant criticism is wearing on her.

wear Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for wear

Antonyms for wear

Phrases with wear

  • wear and tear

    damage or deterioration caused by normal use


    The car's engine was showing signs of wear and tear.

  • to stay too long in someone's home or company, causing annoyance or discomfort


    I think it's time for us to leave before we wear out our welcome.

  • to be the dominant partner in a relationship or household


    She definitely wears the pants in that marriage.

Origins of wear

from Old English 'werian', meaning 'to clothe'


Summary: wear in Brief

The verb 'wear' [wษ›r] refers to the act of having clothing, jewelry, or accessories on one's body, or to the process of becoming damaged or thinner over time. It can also mean to tolerate or endure something unpleasant or difficult, as in 'The constant criticism is wearing on her.' 'Wear' is often used in phrases like 'wear and tear,' referring to damage caused by normal use, and 'wear out one's welcome,' meaning to stay too long and cause annoyance.

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