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American English: /wɛr/
British English: /wɛː/

Translation of wear in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (use)you should get a good ten years' wear out of that coat
    ese abrigo te debería durar por lo menos diez años
    there's not much wear left in that jacket
    a esa chaqueta no le queda mucha vida
    I've had a lot of wear out of these shoes
    les he dado mucho uso a estos zapatos
    les he dado mucho trote a estos zapatos [colloquial]
    les he sacado el jugo a estos zapatos
    carpets that stand hard wear
    alfombras que resisten el uso constante
    that part of the carpet gets a lot of wear
    esa parte de la alfombra se pisa mucho
    1.2 (damage) you can see the wear on the steps
    se ve el desgaste de los peldaños
    the sofa's already showing signs of wear
    el sofá ya está un poco gastado
    he was showing signs of wear after his long journey
    tenía cara de cansado or (Latin America also) se veía cansado después del largo viaje
    wear and tear
    uso (masculine) or desgaste natural
    to look the worse for wearshe looked very much the worse for wear after the sleepless night
    se le notaban los efectos de la noche en vela
    se veía muy desmejorada tras la noche en vela (Latin America)
    the curtains/chairs are looking the worse for wear
    las cortinas/sillas están or (Latin America also) se ven viejas
    Example sentences
    • Then he handed out our textbooks; I now had a math book and a history book, and the history book sustained the more wear and tear of the two.
    • As a landlord you can refuse to return their deposit if they have caused damage beyond normal wear and tear.
    • Most guarantees expressly exclude faults which are the result of misuse by the consumer, accidental damage or normal wear and tear.
  • 2 2.1 (wearing of clothes) clothes for evening/everyday wear
    ropa para la noche/para diario or para todos los días
    2.2 (clothing) children's/evening wear
    ropa de niños/para la noche
    the correct wear for such an occasion
    la vestimenta or ropa apropiada para tal ocasión
    Example sentences
    • The two brands provide a series of swimwear, gym wear, underwear and accessories which are young, sporty and sexy.
    • The programme began shortly after 8pm and featured the delegates in traditional East Indian wear and evening gowns.
    • Today, these outfits serve as stage costumes rather than street wear.

transitive verb past tense wore past participle worn

  • 1 1.1 (clothes)she was wearing a black dress
    tenía puesto or llevaba un vestido negro
    I've got nothing to wear
    no tengo qué ponerme
    what shall I wear to the party?
    ¿qué me pongo para ir a la fiesta?
    she wears green a lot
    se viste mucho de verde
    tiene mucha ropa verde
    she doesn't wear skirts
    no usa or no se pone faldas
    he wears size 44 shoes
    calza (el) 44
    gloves aren't worn much nowadays
    actualmente no se usan or no se llevan mucho los guantes
    to wear the trousers or (US also) pants
    Example sentences
    • He had no protective clothing and wore only overalls.
    • Both robbers wore balaclavas, dark clothing and hooded jackets.
    • The offenders were described only as wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.
    1.2 (jewelry/glasses/makeup)I'm not wearing my watch
    no tengo el reloj puesto
    she was wearing a pearl necklace
    tenía puesto or llevaba un collar de perlas
    why don't you wear your ring?
    ¿por qué no te pones el anillo?
    what perfume are you wearing?
    ¿qué perfume llevas or tienes puesto?
    she doesn't wear mascara
    no usa rímmel
    he's wearing make-up
    está maquillado
    she wears her hair long/short
    tiene or lleva el pelo largo/corto
    he wears his hair in a pony tail
    se peina con cola de caballo
    do you wear glasses?
    ¿usa anteojos or (esp Spain) gafas?
    to wear a sword
    llevar una espada
    to wear the crown he was wearing a broad smile
    sonreía de oreja a oreja
    she wears her age well
    se conserva muy bien
    no representa la edad que tiene
  • 2 (through use) constant use had worn the soles very thin
    las suelas habían quedado muy delgadas con el uso constante
    he had worn the collar threadbare
    había gastado el cuello hasta dejarlo raído de tanto uso
    the step had been worn smooth
    el peldaño se había alisado con el uso
    she's worn holes in the soles
    les ha hecho agujeros a las suelas
    se le han agujereado las suelas
    they had worn a path through the hills
    sus pisadas habían marcado un sendero a través de las colinas
  • 3 (tolerate) (British) [colloquial]
    (usually negative)
    the tenants wouldn't wear it
    los inquilinos no lo consintieron
    no hubo caso con los inquilinos [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • When it comes to paying too much money for an event the Government just won't wear it.
    • For a start you'd have the fossil fuel interests opposing nuclear power generation, but more importantly the Australian public just wouldn't wear it I think.
    • To replace bills with coins would save the Treasury at least $500m (£263m) a year. Yet Americans just won't wear it.

intransitive verb past tense wore past participle worn

  • 1 (through use)
    to wear smooth
    to wear thin (lit: through use) (cloth/metal)
    the elbows had worn very thin
    los codos estaban muy gastados
    that excuse is wearing very thin
    esa excusa ya está muy trillada or ya no convence a nadie
    her patience began to wear thin
    se le empezó a acabar la paciencia
    empezó a perder la paciencia
    Example sentences
    • Continually running an older car not designed to use unleaded petrol will eventually cause the coating to wear away, causing damage to the valves and cylinder heads.
    • The road surface has worn away.
    • The top layer of our concrete patio has worn away.
    Example sentences
    • Explaining why a formal dress-code hinders your ability to do your job should be easy enough if you're worn a hole through the knee on a pair of pants.
    • What is also happening as a result is that a path is being worn across the grass, which does nothing to enhance the look of the area.
    • It turned out that the float had been vibrating against the body of the carburettor and had worn a little hole through it.
  • 2 (last) (+ adverb complement) these tiles will wear for years
    estas baldosas durarán años
    to wear well
    durar mucho
    dar buen resultado
    conservarse bien
    Example sentences
    • Whether you're planning to do the work yourself or get someone in, remember that gravel requires a firm, consolidated base to look good and wear well.
    • There's a no-nonsense look about the dashboard area - the car is clearly designed here to wear well and not date.
    • These cars perform well; the slightly dowdy interiors wear well and the seat mechanisms have proved robust.

Phrasal verbs

wear away

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (erode)
2verb + adverb (become eroded)

wear down

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (by friction)
1.2 (weaken)
acabar con
2verb + adverb

wear off

1verb + adverb 1.1 (be removed)
1.2 (disappear)
the novelty was beginning to wear off
ya estaba dejando de ser una novedad
the pain will soon wear off
pronto se le ( or te etc. ) pasará or quitará or irá el dolor
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (remove)

wear on

verb + adverb
transcurrir (lentamente)
as the months wore on
a medida que iban pasando los meses
the day wore on
seguían pasando las horas

wear out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (through use)
hacer uso y abuso de
1.2 (exhaust) (person)
dejar rendido
dejar de cama (Latin America) [colloquial]
to wear oneself out
2verb + adverb (through use)

wear through

1verb + adverb (get hole in)
the jacket had worn through at the elbows
la chaqueta tenía los codos raídos or tenía agujeros en los codos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (wear hole in) she had worn through the knees of her jeans
se le habían hecho agujeros en las rodillas de los vaqueros
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