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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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