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English noun: wear

1. wear (state) impairment resulting from long use

SamplesThe tires showed uneven wear.

Broader (hypernym)deterioration, impairment

2. wear (artifact) a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Synonymsarticle of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wearable

Broader (hypernym)consumer goods, covering

Narrower (hyponym)accessory, accouterment, accoutrement, apparel, array, attire, beachwear, black, blue, change, civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, clothes, drag, dress, dress, duds, footwear, garb, garment, gray, grey, hand wear, handwear, headdress, headgear, knitwear, leisure wear, loungewear, man's clothing, neckpiece, nightclothes, nightwear, outerwear, overclothes, plain clothes, protective garment, raiment, ready-to-wear, regalia, sleepwear, slip-on, slops, street clothes, tailor-made, threads, togs, uniform, vestiture, wearing apparel, woman's clothing, work-clothes, work-clothing

Part holonymwardrobe

3. wear (act) the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment

SamplesShe bought it for everyday wear.


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity

English verb: wear

1. wear (body) be dressed in

SamplesShe was wearing yellow that day.

Synonymshave on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Entaildress, get dressed

2. wear (body) have on one's person

SamplesHe wore a red ribbon.
Bear a scar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

3. wear (stative) have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality

SamplesHe always wears a smile.

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

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

4. wear (change) deteriorate through use or stress

SamplesThe constant friction wore out the cloth.

Synonymswear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin

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

Broader (hypernym)deteriorate

Narrower (hyponym)ablate, scuff

5. wear (body) have or show an appearance of

SamplesWear one's hair in a certain way.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

6. wear (stative) last and be usable

SamplesThis dress wore well for almost ten years.

Synonymsendure, hold out

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)endure, last

7. wear (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 out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate

Narrower (hyponym)fray, frazzle

Verb groupbreak, bust

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

SamplesWe wore ourselves out on this hike.

ExamplesSam wants to wear with Sue

Synonymsfag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear down, 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

9. wear (body) put clothing on one's body

SamplesWhat should I wear today?.
He put on his best suit for the wedding.
The princess donned a long blue dress.
The queen assumed the stately robes.
He got into his jeans.

Synonymsassume, don, get into, put on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dress, get dressed

Narrower (hyponym)hat, scarf, slip on, try, try on

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