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English verb: wear down

1. wear down (body) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

SamplesWe wore ourselves out on this hike.

ExamplesSam cannot wear down Sue

Synonymsfag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear out, wear upon, weary

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)indispose

Narrower (hyponym)beat, exhaust, overfatigue, overtire, overweary, tucker, tucker out, wash up

Causefatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary

Antonymsrefreshen, freshen, refresh

2. wear down (change) deteriorate through use or stress

SamplesThe constant friction wore out the cloth.

Synonymswear, wear off, wear out, wear thin

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deteriorate

Narrower (hyponym)ablate, scuff

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