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To Wear Away

To
Wear
Away
is an acrostic for twa.

Definition of the verb to wear away

What does to wear away mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. cut away in small pieces
  2. diminish, as by friction
  3. become ground down or deteriorate
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counter
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): bail, dab, dust, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, sweep, wash, wear, wipe.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of wear away: eat at / erode / gnaw / gnaw at
    • more generic words: crumble / decay / dilapidate = fall into decay or ruin

Alternative definition of the verb to wear away

verb

  1. to erode gradually and progressively

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for To Wear Away

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Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

To weAR Away, to consume; to impair or diminish by gradual decay. To weAR ouT, to use till decayed or done; to exhaust; to come or bring to an end; to harass. To weAR of F, to rub off by use; to pass away by degrees; to go off gradually.

Google previewDictionary Of Chemistry (1998)

by N. Pradeep Sharma

abrasive A hard material used to wear away or break up softer materials.

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2013)

by Elsevier, Mosby

v to wear away by friction. abrasion (əbrā′zhən), n 1. the abnormal wearing away of a substance ...

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Usage statistics about to wear away

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb to wear away:

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