To wear weary
Wear Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance. [1913 Webster]

2. To be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually. ``Thus wore out night.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Away, I say; time wears. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this people that is with thee. --Ex. xviii. 18. [1913 Webster]

His stock of money began to wear very low. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the century. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster]

{To wear off}, to pass away by degrees; as, the follies of youth wear off with age.

{To wear on}, to pass on; as, time wears on. --G. Eliot.

{To wear weary}, to become weary, as by wear, long occupation, tedious employment, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • To wear off — Wear Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To wear on — Wear Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wear — Wear, v. i. 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wear — wear1 [wer] vt. wore, worn, wearing [ME weren < OE werian, akin to ON verja, Goth wasjan, to clothe < IE base * wes , to clothe > Sans vastra , L vestis, clothing, vestire, to clothe] 1. a) to have on the body or carry on the person… …   English World dictionary

  • wear — wearer, n. /wair/, v., wore, worn, wearing, n. v.t. 1. to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a saber; to wear a disguise. 2. to have or use on the person… …   Universalium

  • wear — [[t]wɛər[/t]] v. wore, worn, wear•ing, n. 1) to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, support, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a wig[/ex] 2) to bear or have in one s aspect or appearance: to wear a smile[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • wear out — verb 1. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress (Freq. 2) We wore ourselves out on this hike • Syn: ↑tire, ↑wear upon, ↑tire out, ↑wear, ↑weary, ↑jade, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wear down — verb 1. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress (Freq. 1) We wore ourselves out on this hike • Syn: ↑tire, ↑wear upon, ↑tire out, ↑wear, ↑weary, ↑jade, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • weary — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. exhausted, fatigued, overworked; see tired . See Synonym Study at tired . v. 1. [To make weary] Syn. annoy, vex, distress, irk, tax, strain, overwork, exhaust, fatigue, tire, tucker out*, harass, bore, disgust,… …   English dictionary for students

  • wear — I. /wɛə / (say wair) verb (wore, worn, wearing) –verb (t) 1. to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a watch; to wear a disguise. 2. to have or use on a person… …   Australian English dictionary

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