Meaning of WEAR in English

WEAR

/ weə(r); NAmE wer/ verb , noun

■ verb

( wore / wɔː(r); NAmE / worn / wɔːn; NAmE wɔːrn/)

CLOTHING / DECORATION

1.

[ vn ] to have sth on your body as a piece of clothing, a decoration, etc. :

She was wearing a new coat.

Do I have to wear a tie?

Was she wearing a seat belt?

He wore glasses.

All delegates must wear a badge.

She always wears black (= black clothes) .

HAIR

2.

to have your hair in a particular style; to have a beard or moustache :

[ vn - adj ]

She wears her hair long.

[ vn ]

to wear a beard

EXPRESSION ON FACE

3.

[ vn ] to have a particular expression on your face :

He wore a puzzled look on his face.

His face wore a puzzled look.

DAMAGE WITH USE

4.

to become, or make sth become thinner, smoother or weaker through continuous use or rubbing :

[ v ]

The carpets are starting to wear.

[ v - adj ]

The sheets have worn thin.

[ vn - adj ]

The stones have been worn smooth by the constant flow of water.

5.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to make a hole, path, etc. in sth by continuous use or rubbing :

I've worn holes in all my socks.

STAY IN GOOD CONDITION

6.

[ v ] wear well to stay in good condition after being used for a long time :

That carpet is wearing well, isn't it?

( figurative , humorous )

You're wearing well—only a few grey hairs!

ACCEPT / ALLOW

7.

[ vn ] (usually used in questions and negative sentences) ( BrE , informal ) to accept or allow sth, especially sth that you do not approve of

IDIOMS

- wear your heart on your sleeve

- wear thin

- wear the trousers

—more at cap noun

PHRASAL VERBS

- wear away | wear sth away

- wear down | wear sth down

- wear sb/sth down

- wear off

- wear on

- wear out | wear sth out

- wear yourself / sb out

■ noun

[ U ]

CLOTHING

1.

(usually in compounds) used especially in shops / stores to describe clothes for a particular purpose or occasion :

casual / evening, etc. wear

children's / ladies' wear

—see also footwear , menswear , sportswear , underwear

2.

the fact of wearing sth :

casual clothes for everyday wear

These woollen suits are not designed for wear in hot climates.

➡ note at clothes

USE

3.

the amount or type of use that sth has over a period of time :

You should get years of wear out of that carpet.

DAMAGE

4.

the damage or loss of quality that is caused when sth has been used a lot :

His shoes were beginning to show signs of wear.

IDIOMS

- wear and tear

—more at worse noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English werian , of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vestis clothing.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.