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  • To carry or have on the person as covering, adornment, or protection: wearing a jacket; must wear a seat belt.
  • To carry or have habitually on the person, especially as an aid: wears glasses.
  • To display in one's appearance: always wears a smile.
  • To bear, carry, or maintain in a particular manner: wears her hair long.
  • To fly or display (colors). Used of a ship, jockey, or knight.
  • To damage, diminish, erode, or consume by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure. Often used with away, down, or off: rocks worn away by the sea; shoes worn down at the heels.
  • To produce by constant use, attrition, or exposure: eventually wore hollows in the stone steps.
  • To bring to a specified condition by long use or attrition: wore the clothes to rags; pebbles worn smooth.
  • To fatigue, weary, or exhaust: Your incessant criticism has worn my patience.
  • Nautical To make (a sailing ship) come about with the wind aft.
  • To last under continual or hard use: a fabric that will wear.
  • To last through the passage of time: a friendship that wears well.
  • To break down or diminish through use or attrition: The rear tires began to wear.
  • To pass gradually or tediously: The hours wore on.
  • Nautical To come about with stern to windward.
  • The act of wearing or the state of being worn; use: The coat has had heavy wear.
  • Clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination: rainwear; footwear.
  • Gradual impairment or diminution resulting from use or attrition.
  • The ability to withstand impairment from use or attrition: The engine has plenty of wear left.
  • wear down To break down or exhaust by relentless pressure or resistance.
  • wear off To diminish gradually in effect: The drug wore off.
  • wear out To make or become unusable through long or heavy use.
  • wear out To use up or consume gradually.
  • wear out To exhaust; tire.
  • wear out Chiefly Southern U.S. To punish by spanking.