› COMMERCE clothes suitable for a particular use: children's/men's/women's wear Women's wear is on the first floor. evening/casual/formal wear
› the act of wearing something: The company manufactures shoes for everyday wear.
› the amount or type of use an object has had or can be expected to have: A new extended wear contact lens is now available. The material is washable and resistant to heavy wear.
› the damage or reduction in quality that an object shows after it has been used for a period of time: Gear knobs can show signs of wear on high-mileage vehicles. → See also ready-to-wear