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on your body
to have something such as clothes, shoes, or jewellery on your body
Susanna was wearing a black silk dress.
He wore glasses for reading.
wear a seat belt
have it around yourself
wear black/white/red etc
Usually I wear black, grey, or brown.
wear something to a party/a dance/an interview etc
I'm wearing a scarlet dress to the party.
to have your hair or
in a particular style or shape
She wore her hair loose.
intransitive and transitive
to become thinner or weaker after continuous use, or to make something do this
The cushions are starting to wear a little.
His jeans have
at the knees.
worn a hole
in your sock.
to remain in good condition after a period of time
The tyres on the car seem to be wearing well.
if someone is wearing well, they look younger than they really are
He must have been around his mid-forties at least, but he'd worn well.
to have a particular expression on your face
wear a smile/frown/grin etc
His face wore a welcoming smile.
something is wearing thin
if something is wearing thin, you are bored with it because it is not interesting any more, or has become annoying
The film begins well but the
joke wears thin
after about ten minutes.
if your patience is wearing thin, you have very little left, because of a delay or problem
wear the trousers
wear the pants
to be the person in a family who makes the decisions
wear your heart on your sleeve
to show your true feelings openly
to gradually become thinner or smoother, or to make something become like this, because of rubbing or touching
The leather is starting to wear away at the seams.
wear something ↔ away
Most of the grass had already been worn away by the spectators.
to gradually become flatter or smoother, or to make something become like this, because of rubbing or use
My shoes have worn down at the heel.
wear something ↔ down
Its teeth were worn down.
wear somebody ↔ down
to gradually make someone physically weaker or less determined
It was clear he was being worn down by the rumours over his future.
if pain or the effect of something wears off, it gradually stops
The effects of the anaesthetic were starting to wear off.
the novelty wears off
used to say that you stop feeling interested or excited about something because it is no longer new
It was funny for a while but the novelty soon wore off.
if time wears on, it passes very slowly, especially when you are waiting for something to happen
I was feeling more tired
to become damaged and useless, or to make something like this by using it a lot or for a long time
My boots are beginning to wear out.
wear something ↔ out
He travels so much he actually wears out suitcases.
wear somebody out
to make someone feel extremely tired
All this shopping has worn us out.
wear yourself out
Illness and death came suddenly; over the years she had simply worn herself out.
wear out your welcome
to stay with someone longer than they want you to
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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