wear out

wear out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wair out]
    • /wɛər aʊt/
    • /weə(r) ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wair out]
    • /wɛər aʊt/

Definitions of wear out words

  • noun wear out the act of wearing; use, as of a garment: articles for winter wear; I've had a lot of wear out of this coat; I had to throw away the shirt after only three wears. 1
  • noun wear out the state of being worn, as on the person. 1
  • noun wear out clothing or other articles for wearing; especially when fashionable or appropriate for a particular function (often used in combination): travel wear; sportswear. 1
  • noun wear out gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use: The carpet shows wear. 1
  • noun wear out the quality of resisting deterioration with use; durability. 1
  • verb with object wear out 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

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Origin of wear out

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase wear out

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Parts of speech for Wear out


wear out popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

wear out usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wear out

verb wear out

  • atrophied — exhibiting or affected with atrophy; wasted; withered; shriveled: an atrophied arm; an atrophied talent.
  • atrophying — Also, atrophia [uh-troh-fee-uh] /əˈtroʊ fi ə/ (Show IPA). Pathology. a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage.
  • avail oneself of — to make use of to one's advantage
  • bankrupted — Law. a person who upon his or her own petition or that of his or her creditors is adjudged insolvent by a court and whose property is administered for and divided among his or her creditors under a bankruptcy law.
  • bedraggle — to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud

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