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wear

verb  /weər/ ( past tense wore  /wɔr, woʊr/, past participle worn  /wɔrn, woʊrn/) us  

wear verb (COVER THE BODY)

[T] to have clothing or jewelry on your body: He wears glasses for reading. fig. The prisoner wore a confident smile throughout the trial. [T] To wear your hair in a particular style is to have it arranged in a certain way: She wears her hair in a ponytail.

wear verb (WEAKEN)

[I/T] to make something become weaker, damaged, or thinner because of continuous use: [I] My favorite shirt wore at the collar. [T] I wore a hole in my favorite sweater. [M] Wind and water slowly wore away the mountain’s jagged peak, making it round.

wear

noun [U]  /wer, wær/ us  

wear noun [U] (COVER FOR THE BODY)

clothes designed for a particular use or of a particular type: She designed sportswear and very elegant evening wear.
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