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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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