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"wear" in British English

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uk   /weər/  us   /wer/ (wore, worn)

wear verb (ON BODY)

A1 [T] to have ​clothing, ​jewellery, etc. on ​yourbody: Tracey is wearing a ​simpleblackdress. What are you wearing to Caroline's ​wedding? Some ​musicians don't like to wear ​rings when they're ​playing. He wears ​glasses for ​reading. She wears very little ​make-up.C2 [T] to show a ​particularemotion on ​yourface: The ​politician wore a ​confidentsmilethroughout the ​interview.B2 [T] to ​arrangeyourhair in a ​particular way: When she's ​working she wears her ​hair in a ​ponytail. You should wear ​yourhair up (= so that it does not ​hang down) more often - it ​suits you.
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wear verb (WEAKEN)

[I] to ​becomeweaker, ​damaged, or ​thinner because of ​continuous use: I really like this ​shirt but it's ​starting to wear at the ​collar. The ​wheelbearings have worn over the ​years, which is what's ​causing the ​noise. [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 ​leftelbow of my ​sweaters. Over many ​years, ​flowingwater wore ​deepgrooves into the ​rock. Wind and ​waterslowly wore down the mountain's ​jaggededges.

wear verb (ALLOW)

[T] UK old-fashioned informal to ​allow or ​accept something: I'd ​ask my ​boss for some ​time off but I don't ​think she'd wear it.

wearnoun [U]

uk   /weər/  us   /wer/

wear noun [U] (CLOTHES)

(also wear) clothessuitable for a ​particular use or ​clothes of a ​particulartype: casual wear leisure wear knitwear

wear noun [U] (USE)

the ​amount or ​type of use an ​object has had or can be ​expected to have, ​especially before ​showingdamage: I've had a lot of wear out of these ​boots - I've had them for five ​years. I've only worn the ​shirt a ​couple of ​times and it's already ​showing signs of wear (= ​damage).
(Definition of wear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wear" in American English

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

wear verb (COVER THE BODY)

[T] to have ​clothing or ​jewelry on ​yourbody: He wears ​glasses for ​reading. fig. The ​prisoner wore a confident ​smilethroughout the ​trial. [T] To wear ​yourhair in a ​particularstyle is to have it ​arranged in a ​certain way: She wears her ​hair in a ​ponytail.

wear verb (WEAKEN)

[I/T] to make something ​becomeweaker, ​damaged, or ​thinner because of ​continuous use: [I] My ​favoriteshirt wore at the ​collar. [T] I wore a ​hole in my ​favoritesweater. [M] Wind and ​waterslowly wore away the mountain’s ​jaggedpeak, making it round.

wearnoun [U]

 us   /wer, wær/

wear noun [U] (COVER FOR THE BODY)

clothesdesigned for a ​particular use or of a ​particulartype: She ​designedsportswear and very ​elegantevening wear.
(Definition of wear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wear" in Business English

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wearnoun [U]

uk   us   /weər/
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 ​companymanufactures shoes for everyday wear.
the ​amount or ​type of use an ​object has had or can be expected to have: A new extended wearcontact lens is now ​available. The ​material is washable and resistant to heavy wear.
the ​damage or ​reduction in ​quality that an ​objectshows after it has been used for a ​period of ​time: Gear knobs can show signs of wear on high-mileage ​vehicles.
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(Definition of wear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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