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English verb: wear out

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


SamplesWe wore ourselves out on this hike.


ExamplesSam cannot wear out Sue


Synonymsfag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear down, 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 out (contact) go to pieces


SamplesThe lawn mower finally broke.
The gears wore out.
The old chair finally fell apart completely.


Synonymsbreak, bust, fall apart, wear


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate


Narrower (hyponym)fray, frazzle


Verb groupbreak, bust

3. wear out (change) deteriorate through use or stress


SamplesThe constant friction wore out the cloth.


Synonymswear, wear down, wear off, wear thin


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


Broader (hypernym)deteriorate


Narrower (hyponym)ablate, scuff









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