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Synonyms of wear in English:

verb

  • 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;
    Scottish thole
    informal stick, hack, abide, stomach
    British informal be doing with
    archaic suffer
  • Phrases

    wear something down

    1
    she protested, but he wore down her resistance
    gradually overcome, slowly reduce/diminish/lessen, drain, erode, wear away, exhaust, undermine, chip away at

    wear off

    2
    the novelty soon wore off
    fade, dwindle, diminish, lessen, decrease, wane, ebb, subside, weaken, lose intensity, lose strength, peter out, melt away, fizzle out, pall, taper off, tail off, grow faint, grow dim, evaporate, disappear, vanish, die, come to nothing, come to a halt, come to an end, run out;
    lose its effectiveness/effect

    wear on

    3
    as the afternoon wore on he began to look unhappy
    pass, elapse, proceed, progress, advance, move on, run its course, go by/past/on, roll by/past/on, march on, glide by/past, slide by/past, slip by/away/past, fly by/past, steal by/past, tick by/past

    wear out

    4
    a cheap bed will wear out faster than a quality one
    deteriorate, become worn, show signs of wear, come to the end of its life, become useless, wear thin, fray, become threadbare, go into holes, go through, wear through

    wear something out

    5
    he wore out six pairs of walking boots
    use up, consume, go through, wear holes in, make threadbare, make worn

    wear someone out

    6
    eventually her exertions wore her out
    informal whack, bush, shatter, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out, do in
    British informal knacker

    noun

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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
    British kit, 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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