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Adjective: wearing  weh-ring
  1. Producing exhaustion
    "the visit was especially wearing";
    - exhausting, tiring, wearying
Noun: wearing  weh-ring
  1. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it), also figuratively
    - erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing away, degradation
  2. The act of having on your person as a covering or adornment
    "she bought it for everyday wearing";
    - wear
Verb: wear (wore,worn)  wehr
  1. Be dressed in
    "She was wearing yellow that day";
    - have on
  2. Have on one's person
    "He wore a red ribbon";
    - bear
  3. Show an expression of one's attitude or personality
    "He always wears a smile"
  4. Deteriorate through use or stress
    "The constant friction wore out the cloth";
    - wear off, wear out, wear down, wear thin
  5. Have or show an appearance of
    "wear one's hair in a certain way"
  6. Last and be usable
    "This dress wore well for almost ten years";
    - hold out, endure
  7. Go to pieces
    "The gears wore out";
    - break, wear out, bust [informal], fall apart
  8. Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
    "We wore ourselves out on this hike";
    - tire, wear upon, tire out, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out [Brit, informal], fag [informal], fatigue, knacker [Brit, informal]
  9. Put clothing on one's body
    "What should I wear today?";
    - put on, get into, don, assume

Derived forms: wearings

See also: effortful

Type of: act, crumble, decay, deed, deteriorate, dilapidate, dress, endure, feature, geologic process, geological process, get dressed, have, human action, human activity, indispose, last

Encyclopedia: Wearing, Michael

Wear, Peter