- [[t]wɛər[/t]]v. wore, worn, wear•ing, n.1) 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[/ex]2) to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance:to wear a smile[/ex]3) to cause to deteriorate, diminish, or waste by some constant or repetitive action:The waves have worn these rocks[/ex]4) to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action5) to consume gradually by use or any continued process:Illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks[/ex]6) to weary; fatigue; exhaust7) to pass (time) gradually or tediously (usu. fol. by away or out)8) naut. Naut. to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning until the wind is on the stern9) to undergo gradual impairment, diminution, reduction, etc., from use, attrition, or other causes10) to retain shape, color, firmness, etc., under continued use or strain:a strong fabric that will wear[/ex]11) (of time) to pass, esp. slowly or tediously (often fol. by on or away):As the day wore on, we grew more discouraged[/ex]12) phv wear downa) to make or become shabbier, smaller, or more aged by wearing:to wear down the heels of one's shoes[/ex]b) to make or become weary; tirec) to prevail upon or over by persistence; overcome:to wear down the opposition[/ex]13) phv wear off, to diminish slowly or gradually or to diminish in effect; disappear:The drug began to wear off[/ex]14) phv wear outa) to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use:to wear out clothes[/ex]b) to expend, consume, or remove, esp. slowly or graduallyc) to exhaust, as by continued strain; weary15) the act of wearing; use, as of a garment:articles for winter wear[/ex]16) the state of being worn, as on the person17) clo clothing or other articles for wearing, esp. for a particular function, fashion, or type of person (often used in combination):sleepwear; sportswear[/ex]18) gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use19) the quality of resisting deterioration with use; durability•Etymology: 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) wear′er, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.