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English definition of “wear out something”

wear out something

(USE REPEATEDLY) phrasal verb with wear    /weər/ verb (past tense wore  /wɔr, woʊr/, past participle worn  /wɔrn, woʊrn/)
to use something so much or for so long that it is no longer usable: I read that book over and over till I wore it out.
(Definition of wear out something (USE REPEATEDLY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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