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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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