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meanings of wear


  1. To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
  2. To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
  3. To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
  4. To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
  5. To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
  6. To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
  7. To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
  8. To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
  9. (in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
  10. To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
  11. To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
  12. To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.
  13. To defend; protect.
  14. To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
  15. To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.


  1. Fashion.
  2. Clothing.
  3. Damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time.
  4. Dated form of weir.


  1. A river in the counties of County Durham and Tyne and Wear, north east England. The cities of Durham and Sunderland are situated upon its banks.

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