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Definitions of wear word
- verb with object wear 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. 1
- verb with object wear to have or use on the person habitually: to wear a wig. 1
- verb with object wear to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph. 1
- verb with object wear to cause (garments, linens, etc.) to deteriorate or change by wear: Hard use has worn these gloves. 1
- verb with object wear to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process: Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks. 1
- verb with object wear to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.: The waves have worn these rocks. 1
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Origin of wear
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (v.) Middle English weren to have (clothes) on the body, waste, damage, suffer waste or damage, Old English werian; cognate with Old Norse verja, Gothic wasjan to clothe; (noun) late Middle English were act of carrying on the body, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin vestis clothing (see vest)
Parts of speech for Wear
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for wear
- deterioration — the act or process of deteriorating.
- wear and tear — damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use; normal depreciation.
- friction — surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling.
- abrasion — An abrasion is an area on a person's body where the skin has been scraped.
- scuffing — to scrape (something) with one's foot or feet.
- sport — an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
- show off — a theatrical production, performance, or company.
- have on — Usually, haves. an individual or group that has wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have-not).
- put on — a throw or cast, especially one made with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder.
- bear — If you bear something somewhere, you carry it there or take it there.
Antonyms for wear
- building — A building is a structure that has a roof and walls, for example a house or a factory.
- construction — Construction is the building of things such as houses, factories, roads, and bridges.
- development — Development is the gradual growth or formation of something.
- improvement — an act of improving or the state of being improved.
- strengthening — to make stronger; give strength to.
- abandon — If you abandon a place, thing, or person, you leave the place, thing, or person permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so.
- conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
- hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
- leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
- refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
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