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.