wear


wear

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

  1. 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.
  2. to have or use on the person habitually: to wear a wig.
  3. to bear or have in one’s aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph.
  4. to cause (garments, linens, etc.) to deteriorate or change by wear: Hard use has worn these gloves.
  5. to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process: Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.
  6. to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.: The waves have worn these rocks.
  7. to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action.
  8. to bring about or cause a specified condition in (a person or thing) by use, deterioration, or gradual change: to wear clothes to rags; to wear a person to a shadow.
  9. to weary; fatigue; exhaust: Toil and care soon wear the spirit.
  10. to pass (time) gradually or tediously (usually followed by away or out): We wore the afternoon away in arguing.
  11. Nautical. to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning until the wind is on the stern.
  12. British Dialect. to gather and herd (sheep or cattle) to a pen or pasture.

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