wear


wear
I. verb (wore; worn; wearing) Etymology: Middle English weren, from Old English werian; akin to Old Norse verja to clothe, invest, spend, Latin vestis clothing, garment, Greek hennynai to clothe Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to bear or have on the person <
wore a coat
>
2. a. to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance <
wears a size 10
>
<
wear glasses
>
b. to carry on the person <
wear a sword
>
3. a. to hold the rank or dignity or position signified by (an ornament) <
wear the royal crown
>
b. exhibit, present <
wore a happy smile
>
<
commend the book for wearing its research so lightly — Brad Leithauser
>
c. to show or fly (a flag or colors) on a ship 4. a. to cause to deteriorate by use b. to impair or diminish by use or attrition ; consume or waste gradually <
letters on the stone worn away by weathering
>
5. to produce gradually by friction or attrition <
wear a hole in the rug
>
6. to exhaust or lessen the strength of ; weary, fatigue 7. to cause (a ship) to go about with the stern presented to the wind 8. British to accept or tolerate without complaint ; put up with — usually used in negative constructions <
your mates wouldn't wear it — Colin MacInnes
>
9. take on 3a intransitive verb 1. a. to endure use ; last under use or the passage of time <
material that will wear for years
>
b. to retain quality or vitality <
the classics wear well
>
2. a. to diminish or decay through use <
the heels of his shoes began to wear
>
b. to diminish or fail with the passage of time <
the effect of the drug wore off
>
<
the day wore on
>
c. to grow or become by attrition or use <
the blade wore dull
>
3. of a ship to change to an opposite tack by turning the stern to the wind — compare tackwearer noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of wearing ; the state of being worn ; use <
clothes for everyday wear
>
2. a. clothing or an article of clothing usually of a particular kind; especially clothing worn for a special occasion or popular during a specific period b. fashion, vogue 3. wearing quality ; durability under use 4. the result of wearing or use ; diminution or impairment due to use <
wear-resistant surface
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Wear — Wear, v. t. [imp. {Wore} (w[=o]r); p. p. {Worn} (w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wearing}. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being {Weared}.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear — wear1 [wer] vt. wore, worn, wearing [ME weren < OE werian, akin to ON verja, Goth wasjan, to clothe < IE base * wes , to clothe > Sans vastra , L vestis, clothing, vestire, to clothe] 1. a) to have on the body or carry on the person… …   English World dictionary

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  • Wear — Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear — [n] use, corrosion abrasion, attrition, damage, depreciation, deterioration, dilapidation, diminution, disappearance, employment, erosion, friction, impairment, inroads, loss, mileage, service, usefulness, utility, waste, wear and tear; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • wear — ► VERB (past wore; past part. worn) 1) have on one s body as clothing, decoration, or protection. 2) exhibit or present (a particular facial expression or appearance). 3) damage or destroy or suffer damage or destruction by friction or use. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wear — Wear, n. 1. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment. [1913 Webster] 2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion. [1913 Webster] Motley s the only wear. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Wear — 〈[wɛ:(r)] f. 10; unz.; meist in Zus.〉 Kleidung (HomeWear, SportsWear, StreetWear) [engl.] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wear — 〈[wɛ:(r)] f.; Gen.: ; Pl.: unz.; meist in Zus.〉 Kleidung; HomeWear; SportsWear; StreetWear [Etym.: engl.] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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