wearwear1 /weə $ wer/ ●●●S1W1 verb (past tense wore /wɔː $ wɔːr/, past participle worn /wɔːn $ wɔːrn/)1on your body [transitive]DCWEAR CLOTHES to have something such as clothes, shoes, or jewellery on your bodySusanna was wearing a black silk dress.He wore glasses for reading.wear a seat belt (=have it around yourself)wear black/white/red etcUsually I wear black, grey, or brown.wear something to a party/a dance/an interview etcI’m wearing a scarlet dress to the party.► see thesaurus at dressRegisterIn everyday English, people often say that someone has something on rather than is wearing something:She had on a black silk dress.2DCBhair [transitive] to have your hair or beard in a particular style or shapeShe wore her hair loose.3damage [intransitive, transitive]DAMAGE to become thinner or weaker after continuous use, or to make something do thisThe cushions are starting to wear a little.His jeans have worn thin at the knees.You’ve worn a hole in your sock.4 →wear well5expression [transitive]EXPRESSION ON somebody'S FACE to have a particular expression on your facewear a smile/frown/grin etcHis face wore a welcoming smile.6 →something is wearing thin7 →wear the trousers8 →wear your heart on your sleeve —wearable adjective →wear away →wear down →wear off →wear on →wear out→ See Verb table
wearwear2 ●○○ noun [uncountable]1DCCthe clothes worn for a particular occasion or activity, or by a particular group of peopleevening/casual/leisure etc weara new range of casual wearbridal wearthe children’s wear department →footwear, menswear► see thesaurus at clothes2DAMAGEdamage caused by continuous use over a long periodReplace your trainers when they start to show signs of wear.Check the equipment for wear and tear.3USE somethingthe amount of use an object, piece of clothing etc has had, or the use you can expect to get from itThe dress stood up to the wear small children give their clothes.You’ll get years of wear out of that coat. → the worse for wearat worse1(7)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesevening wear formal (=clothes worn to formal events in the evening)The band were dressed in evening wear.casual wearThe company makes stylish casual wear for men and women.leisure wearThis is leisure wear for active people.formal wearActresses were dressed in everything from formal wear to miniskirts. bridal weara bridal wear shopmaternity wear (=for pregnant women)The shop sells comfortable and fashionable maternity wear for every occasion.children’s/men’s/women’s wearthe children’s wear section of the storedesigner wearI can’t afford designer wear.
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wear• The company's line of casualwear is primarily sold in large discountchainstores.• a shop that specializes in evening wear• Architectural details there were few and those were the worse for wear.• Dalton said that the machine showed signs of heavywear and had not been well-maintained.• An innerspiral has also been added to deflectswirlinggrain from the cyclone's inletpipe, minimising wear.• This type of sofa can take a lot of wear.• After five years, the stadium is beginning to show signs of wear.• It is sometimes possible to determine when this procedure has been used, by examining the wearpatterns of the gears.• Excessivetyrewear may be caused by faultybrakes.evening/casual/leisure etc wear• In the following series the reliance on women in fishnet leisure wear became a bitobvious.• Major stores here had their buyers on the prowl for evening wear months ago.• She knew perfectly well from the many Pressphotos of him that he preferredcasual wear.• As the evening wore on and audiencelaughter grew, Cosby seemed loosened and actually seemed to be enjoying himself.• As the evening wore on, Durkin became very drunk.• As the evening wore on, however, the question became moot.• The collection includes day wear, evening wear and stunningballgowns.wear and tear• Will they stand up to family wear and tear or look too sturdy for dinner parties?• Allowing for normalwear and tear, a washing machine should last at least ten years.• There's a lot of wear and tear involved.• The foam is lightweight but loses much of its shockabsorbing value after about 300 miles of wear and tear.• It suresaveswear and tear on the boss.• But looking after the wear and tear was a full-time job.• Having a large family obviously increases the wear and tear on your furniture.• So the wear and tear on the path to Nottingham looks set to continue ... What will all these Slavists do?• Hey, make sure you wear something you can work in, something that can take the wear and tear.• It must also be robust enough to withstand the wear and tear of the postal system and the editor's desk.From King Business Dictionarywearwear /weəwer/ noun(fair) wear and tearINSURANCE the amount of damage that can be expected to affect a product or property in normal use. Wear and tear is often taken into consideration by an insurance company when paying an insurance claimThe sum insured should be based on current replacement costs, less an allowance for wear and tear.Originwear1Old Englishwerian