wearwear2 ●○○ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 DCCthe clothes worn for a particular occasion or activity, or by a particular group of peopleevening/casual/leisure etc wear 🔊 a new range of casual wear 🔊 bridal wear 🔊 the children’s wear department → footwear, menswear► see thesaurus at clothes2 DAMAGEdamage caused by continuous use over a long period 🔊 Replace your trainers when they start to show signs of wear. 🔊 Check the equipment for wear and tear.3 USE somethingthe amount of use an object, piece of clothing etc has had, or the use you can expect to get from it 🔊 The dress stood up to the wear small children give their clothes. 🔊 You’ll get years of wear out of that coat. → the worse for wear at worse1(7)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesevening wear formal (=clothes worn to formal events in the evening)The band were dressed in evening wear.casual wearThe company makes stylish casual wear for men and women.leisure wearThis is leisure wear for active people.formal wearActresses were dressed in everything from formal wear to miniskirts. bridal weara bridal wear shopmaternity wear (=for pregnant women)The shop sells comfortable and fashionable maternity wear for every occasion.children’s/men’s/women’s wearthe children’s wear section of the storedesigner wearI can’t afford designer wear.
Examples from the Corpuswear• The company's line of casual wear is primarily sold in large discount chain stores.• a shop that specializes in evening wear• Architectural details there were few and those were the worse for wear.• Dalton said that the machine showed signs of heavy wear and had not been well-maintained.• An inner spiral has also been added to deflect swirling grain from the cyclone's inlet pipe, minimising wear.• This type of sofa can take a lot of wear.• After five years, the stadium is beginning to show signs of wear.• It is sometimes possible to determine when this procedure has been used, by examining the wear patterns of the gears.• Excessive tyre wear may be caused by faulty brakes.evening/casual/leisure etc wear• In the following series the reliance on women in fishnet leisure wear became a bit obvious.• Major stores here had their buyers on the prowl for evening wear months ago.• She knew perfectly well from the many Press photos of him that he preferred casual wear.• As the evening wore on and audience laughter grew, Cosby seemed loosened and actually seemed to be enjoying himself.• As the evening wore on, Durkin became very drunk.• As the evening wore on, however, the question became moot.• The collection includes day wear, evening wear and stunning ballgowns.wear and tear• Will they stand up to family wear and tear or look too sturdy for dinner parties?• Allowing for normal wear and tear, a washing machine should last at least ten years.• There's a lot of wear and tear involved.• The foam is lightweight but loses much of its shock absorbing value after about 300 miles of wear and tear.• It sure saves wear and tear on the boss.• But looking after the wear and tear was a full-time job.• Having a large family obviously increases the wear and tear on your furniture.• So the wear and tear on the path to Nottingham looks set to continue ... What will all these Slavists do?• Hey, make sure you wear something you can work in, something that can take the wear and tear.• It must also be robust enough to withstand the wear and tear of the postal system and the editor's desk.