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English definition of “wear”


verb (WEAKEN)    /weər/ US  /wer/ (wore, worn)
[I] to become weaker , damaged , or thinner because of continuous use: I'm very fond of this shirt but it's starting to wear at the collar . The wheel bearings have worn over the years , which is what's causing the noise .Becoming and making less strongDeteriorating and making worse [T usually + adv/prep] to produce something such as a hole or loss of material by continuous use, rubbing , or movement : I always seem to wear a hole in the left elbow of my sweaters . Over many years , flowing water wore deep grooves into the rock . Wind and water slowly wore down the mountain's jagged edges .Scratching and rubbing
(Definition of wear verb (WEAKEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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