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English verb: wear away

1. wear away (contact) cut away in small pieces

Synonymswhittle away, whittle down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)damage

2. wear away (contact) diminish, as by friction

SamplesErosion wore away the surface.

Synonymswear off

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off

3. wear away (change) become ground down or deteriorate

SamplesHer confidence eroded.

Synonymseat at, erode, gnaw, gnaw at

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate

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