What is the meaning of wearing?


  • Geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it. ()
  • The act of having on your person as a covering or adornment.
    • usage: "she bought it for everyday wear"


  • Be dressed in.
    • usage: "She was wearing yellow that day"
  • Have on one's person.
    • usage: "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"
  • Have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality.
    • usage: "He always wears a smile"
  • Deteriorate through use or stress.
    • usage: "The constant friction wore out the cloth"
  • Have or show an appearance of.
    • usage: "wear one's hair in a certain way"
  • Last and be usable.
    • usage: "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
  • Go to pieces.
    • usage: "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
  • Exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress.
    • usage: "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
  • Put clothing on one's body.
    • usage: "What should I wear today"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"


  • Producing exhaustion.
    • usage: "an exhausting march"; "the visit was especially wearing"
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