Definitions for: Wear


[n] the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear"
[n] covering designed to be worn on a person's body
[n] impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"
[v] have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain way"
[v] have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"
[v] 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"
[v] be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day"
[v] exhaust or tire though overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
[v] deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
[v] go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
[v] last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
[v] have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; "He always wears a smile"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wear, n.
The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or
impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear of
this coat has been good.


Wear (?; 277), n.
Same as Weir.


Wear, v. t. [Cf. Veer.] (Naut.)
To cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up,
instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is
turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind,
and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other
side; to veer.


Wear, v. t. [imp. Wore; p. p. Worn; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the
imp. & p. p. being Weared.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian
to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. werien,
weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan, L. vestis clothing, vestire
to clothe, Gr. ?, Skr. vas. Cf. Vest.]
1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self,
as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage,
etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to
wear a coat; to wear a shackle.

What compass will you wear your farthingale? --Shak.

On her white breast a sparkling cross s?? wore,
Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. --Pope.

2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or
manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
``He wears the rose of youth upon him.'' --Shak.

His innocent gestures wear A meaning half divine.
--Keble.

3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to
consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes
rapidly.

4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition,
scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually;
to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.

That wicked wight his days doth wear. --Spenser.

The waters wear the stones. --Job xiv. 19.

5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a
channel; to wear a hole.

6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.

Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in
the first essay, displeased us. --Locke.

To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy,
by gradual attrition or decay.

To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow
decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.

To wear on or upon, to wear. [Obs.] ``[I] weared upon my
gay scarlet gites [gowns.]'' --Chaucer.

To wear out.
(a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay;
as, to wear out a coat or a book.
(b) To consume tediously. ``To wear out miserable days.''
--Milton.
(c) To harass; to tire. ``[He] shall wear out the saints
of the Most High.'' --Dan vii. 25.
(d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in
military service.

To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]


Wear, v. i.
1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear
the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or
attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence,
sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as,
a man wears well as an acquaintance.

2. To be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to
suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to
decay, or be spent, gradually. ``Thus wore out night.''
--Milton.

Away, I say; time wears. --Shak.

Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this
people that is with thee. --Ex. xviii.
18.

His stock of money began to wear very low. --Sir W.
Scott.

The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the
century. --Beaconsfield.

To wear off, to pass away by degrees; as, the follies of
youth wear off with age.

To wear on, to pass on; as, time wears on. --G. Eliot.

To wear weary, to become weary, as by wear, long
occupation, tedious employment, etc.


Wear, n.
1. The act of wearing, or the state of being worn;
consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear
of a garment.

2. The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.

Motley 's the only wear. --Shak.

Wear and tear, the loss by wearing, as of machinery in use;
the loss or injury to which anything is subjected by use,
accident, etc.

Synonyms: apparel, article of clothing, assume, bear, break, bust, clothes, clothing, don, endure, fag, fag out, fall apart, fatigue, get into, have on, hold out, jade, outwear, put on, tire, tire out, vesture, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear out, wear out, wear thin, wear upon, wearing, wearing apparel, weary

Antonyms: freshen, refresh, refreshen

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