Definition of wear

Definition of wear
  1. wear Verb To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
  2. wear Verb To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
  3. wear Verb To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
  4. wear Verb To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
  5. wear Verb To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
  6. wear Verb To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
  7. wear Verb To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.
  8. wear Verb To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
  9. wear Verb (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
  10. wear Verb To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
  11. wear Verb To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind.
  12. wear Noun ("in combination") Clothing (such as footwear).
  13. wear Noun Damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time.
  14. wear Noun fashion
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