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wear

verb uk   /weər/  us   /wer/ (wore, worn)

wear verb (ON BODY)

A1 [T] to have clothing, jewellery, etc. on your body: Tracey is wearing a simple black dress. 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 particular emotion on your face: The minister wore a confident smile throughout the interview.B2 [T] to arrange your hair in a particular way: When she's working she wears her hair in a ponytail. You should wear your hair up (= so that it does not hang down) more often - it suits you.
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wear verb (WEAKEN)

[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. [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.

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.

wear

noun [U] uk   /weər/  us   /wer/

wear noun [U] (CLOTHES)

(also wear) clothes suitable for a particular use or clothes of a particular type: 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 showing damage: 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).
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