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Definition: To wear on
, v. t. [imp. Wore
(w[=o]r); p. p. Worn
(w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing
. Before the 15th century
wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared
weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or
clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan,
L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr.
vas. Cf. Vest
1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self,
as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage,
etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to
wear a coat; to wear a shackle.
What compass will you wear your farthingale? --Shak.
On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. --Pope.
2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or
manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.
“He wears the rose of youth upon him.”
His innocent gestures wear
A meaning half divine. --Keble.
3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to
consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes
4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition,
scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually;
to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
That wicked wight his days doth wear. --Spenser.
The waters wear the stones. --Job xiv. 19.
5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a
channel; to wear a hole.
6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in
the first essay, displeased us. --Locke.
To wear away
, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy,
by gradual attrition or decay.
To wear off
, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow
decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.
To wear on
or To wear upon
, to wear. [Obs.] ``[I] weared
upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]'' --Chaucer.
To wear out
(a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay;
as, to wear out a coat or a book.
(b) To consume tediously. “To wear out miserable days.”
(c) To harass; to tire. ``[He] shall wear out the saints
of the Most High.'' --Dan vii. 25.
(d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in
To wear the breeches
. See under Breeches
, 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.
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.”
Away, I say; time wears. --Shak.
Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this
people that is with thee. --Ex. xviii.
His stock of money began to wear very low. --Sir W.
The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the
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.