Associations to the word «Wear»


WEAR, verb. (now) (chiefly UK dialectal) (transitive) To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
WEAR, verb. (now) (chiefly UK dialectal) (transitive) To defend; protect.
WEAR, verb. (now) (chiefly UK dialectal) (transitive) To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
WEAR, verb. (now) (chiefly UK dialectal) (transitive) To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
WEAR, verb. To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
WEAR, verb. To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
WEAR, verb. To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
WEAR, verb. (colloquial) (with "it") To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
WEAR, verb. To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
WEAR, verb. (intransitive) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
WEAR, verb. To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.   His neverending criticism has finally worn my patience.   Toil and care soon wear the spirit.   Our physical advantage allowed us to wear the other team out and win.}}
WEAR, verb. (intransitive) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
WEAR, verb. (intransitive) (colloquial) (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
WEAR, verb. (intransitive) (of time) To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
WEAR, verb. (nautical) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
WEAR, noun. (uncountable) (in combination) clothing
WEAR, noun. (uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time
WEAR, noun. (uncountable) fashion
WEAR, proper noun. A river in the county of Tyne and Wear in north east England. The city of Sunderland is found upon its banks.
WEAR AND TEAR, noun. Damage or depreciation resulting from ordinary use
WEAR AWAY, verb. To erode gradually and progressively
WEAR DOWN, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see wear,‎ down.
WEAR DOWN, verb. To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
WEAR OFF, verb. (intransitive) to diminish in effect
WEAR OFF, verb. (intransitive) to disappear because of being abraded, over-polished, or abused
WEAR ON, verb. (transitive) To irritate.
WEAR ON, verb. (intransitive) To persist or continue with increasing exhaustion.
WEAR ONE'S HEART ON ONE'S SLEEVE, verb. (idiomatic) To be very transparent, open, or forthright about one's emotions.
WEAR ONE'S HEART UPON ONE'S SLEEVE, verb. Alternative form of wear one's heart on one's sleeve
WEAR OUT, verb. To cause (something) to become damaged, useless, or ineffective through continued use, especially hard, heavy, or careless use.
WEAR OUT, verb. (intransitive) To deteriorate or become unusable or ineffective due to continued use, exposure, or strain.
WEAR OUT, verb. To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
WEAR OUT, verb. (intransitive) To become exhausted, tired, fatigued, or weary, as by continued strain or exertion.
WEAR OUT, verb. Of apparel, displayed in public.
WEAR OUT, verb. Of a shirt, not tucked into the pants; worn in a casual manner.
WEAR OUT, verb. (chiefly Southern US) To punish by spanking.
WEAR OUT ONE'S WELCOME, verb. (idiomatic) To behave in an offensive, burdensome, or tiresome manner, with the result that one's continued presence is unwanted within a residence, commercial establishment, or social group.
WEAR ROSE-COLORED GLASSES, verb. (idiomatic) To see the positive in things while being oblivious to the negative.
WEAR SOMETHING ON ONE'S SLEEVE, verb. To express an emotion, belief, or stance overtly and make it an important part of one's public life.
WEAR THE PANTS, verb. (US) Alternative form of wear the trousers
WEAR THE TROUSERS, verb. (British) To be the dominant partner in a relationship.
WEAR THIN, verb. (idiomatic) To lessen or weaken over time, as from overuse.
WEAR TOO MANY HATS, verb. (idiomatic) To try to fill more roles at once than is realistically possible.
WEAR UP, verb. (intransitive) To tire; to become tired
WEAR WEARY, verb. (intransitive) (dated) To grow weary; to become tired (of something).

Dictionary definition

WEAR, noun. Impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear".
WEAR, noun. A covering designed to be worn on a person's body.
WEAR, noun. The act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear".
WEAR, verb. Be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day".
WEAR, verb. Have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar".
WEAR, verb. Have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; "He always wears a smile".
WEAR, verb. Deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth".
WEAR, verb. Have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain way".
WEAR, verb. Last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years".
WEAR, verb. Go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely".
WEAR, verb. Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike".
WEAR, verb. Put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans".

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