/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 habitually: to wear a beard.
3. to bear or have in the aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph.
4. to show or fly: the ship wore its colours.
5. to impair (garments, etc.) by wear: gloves worn at the fingertips.
6. to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process: a well-worn volume.
7. to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.: rocks worn by the waves.
8. to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action.
9. to bring, reduce, make, take, etc. (as specified), by wear or any gradual change: to wear clothes to rags; to wear a person to a shadow.
10. to weary or exhaust: worn with toil; worn with care.
11. Colloquial
a. to accept, tolerate: the boss won't wear insubordination.
b. to be convinced by; accept as true: *I answered, `I can wear that.' –murray farquhar, 1986.
verb (i)
12. to hold out or last under wear, use, or any continued strain: *They often look promising, but don't wear well. –miriam dixson, 1984.
verb (copular)
13. to become; grow gradually: my patience is wearing thin.
14. the act of wearing; use, as of a garment: I have had very good wear from this dress.
15. the state of being worn, as on the person.
16. clothing, garments, or other articles for wearing.
17. style of dress, adornment, etc., especially for a particular time, activity, etc.: evening wear; beach wear.
18. gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use: the carpet shows wear.
19. wear away,
a. to pass (time, etc.) gradually or tediously.
b. to undergo gradual impairment, diminution, reduction, etc., from wear, use, attrition, or other causes.
20. wear away (or on), to pass, as time, etc., especially slowly or tediously.
21. wear clothes well, to wear clothes so that they seem to suit the wearer and impart grace and flair.
22. wear down,
a. to overcome the resistance of (someone).
b. to reduce gradually by attrition: to wear down the steps.
23. wear off, to diminish in effect, as of altered physical states, over a period of time: the hunger has worn off.
24. wear one's money on one's back, Colloquial (of a woman) to wear expensive clothes.
25. wear out,
a. to wear or use until no longer fit for use: to wear out clothes; to wear out tools.
b. to exhaust by continued use, strain, or any gradual process: to wear out patience.
c. to use up.
d. to become unserviceable over time: the fridge has worn out.
{Middle English were, Old English werian}
wearer, noun
[c]/wɛə / (say wair) Nautical

verb (t) (wore, wearing)
1. to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning her head away from the wind until the wind is on her stern, and then bringing her head up towards the wind on the other side.
2. a tactical manoeuvre by which a sailing vessel is changed from one tack to another.
{origin uncertain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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