Meaning of WEAR in English

I. ˈwer verb

( wore ˈwȯr ; worn ˈwȯrn ; wear·ing )

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


a. : to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance

wear s a size 10

wear glasses

b. : to carry on the person

wear a sword


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 wear ing its research so lightly — Brad Leithauser

c. : to show or fly (a flag or colors) on a ship


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


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


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 tack

• wear·er noun

- wear on

- wear the trousers

- wear thin

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : the act of wearing : the state of being worn : use

clothes for everyday wear


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

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