Synonyms of wear in English:



  • 1 he was wearing a dark green suit
    be dressed in, be clothed in, have on, sport; dress in, clothe oneself in, put on, don
  • 2 Barbara wore a sweet smile
    have (on one's face), present, show, display, exhibit, bear; give, put on, assume, form one's face into, make one's face into, compose one's face into, rearrange one's face into, ease one's face into, smooth one's face into, draw one's face into, twist one's face into, tug one's face into, pull one's face into, pinch one's face into, crease one's face into, crack one's face into, screw (up) one's face into
  • 3 the bricks have been worn down by centuries of knife-sharpening the waterproofing coating soon starts to wear away
    erode, abrade, scour, scratch, scrape, rasp, rub away, rub down, grind away, fret, waste away, wash away, crumble (away), wear down; corrode, eat away (at), gnaw away (at), dissolve, bite into
  • 4 the tyres are wearing well
    last, endure, hold up, survive, bear up, keep going, carry on, prove durable, stand/withstand/resist wear, stand up to wear, do
    informal hang in there
  • 5British informal I've asked him to keep the bar open an hour later, but he won't wear it
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of; endure, put up with, bear, take, stand, support, submit to, undergo; accept, swallow, tolerate, brook, countenance, admit of; Scottishthole
    informal stick, hack, abide, stomach
    British informal be doing with
    archaic suffer
  • Phrases

    wear something down

    she protested, but he wore down her resistancegradually overcomeslowly reduce/diminish/lessendrainerodewear awayexhaustunderminechip away at

    wear off

    the novelty soon wore offfadedwindlediminishlessendecreasewaneebbsubsideweakenlose intensitylose strengthpeter outmelt awayfizzle outpalltaper offtail offgrow faintgrow dimevaporatedisappearvanishdiecome to nothingcome to a haltcome to an endrun outlose its effectiveness/effect

    wear on

    as the afternoon wore on he began to look unhappypasselapseproceedprogressadvancemove onrun its coursego by/past/onroll by/past/onmarch onglide by/pastslide by/pastslip by/away/pastfly by/paststeal by/pasttick by/past

    wear out

    a cheap bed will wear out faster than a quality onedeterioratebecome wornshow signs of wearcome to the end of its lifebecome uselesswear thinfraybecome threadbarego into holesgo throughwear through

    wear something out

    he wore out six pairs of walking bootsuse upconsumego throughwear holes inmake threadbaremake worn

    wear someone out

    eventually her exertions wore her outfatiguetire outovertirewearyexhaustdrainsapwash outtaxovertaxenervatedebilitateenfeeblejadeincapacitatedevitalizeprostrate informalwhackbushshatterfrazzlewear to a frazzlepooptake it out offag outdo inBritish informalknacker


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  • 1 you won't get much wear out of something so cheap
    use, wearing, service, employment, utility, value
    informal mileage
  • 2 the band were dressed in evening wear
    clothes, dress, clothing, attire, garb, finery, garments, outfits, wardrobe; Britishkit, strip
    informal get-up, gear, togs, clobber
    formal apparel
  • 3 choose a varnish which will withstand wear
    damage, wear and tear, battering, friction, erosion, attrition, corrosion, abrasion, deterioration, degeneration
    informal a few knocks
    rare detrition
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