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Definition of the verb wear away

What does 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 wear away

verb

  1. to erode gradually and progressively

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wear away

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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 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

waste, consume by use, use up, wear away, wear out. 5. Impair, waste, diminish, consume gradually, spend, cause to disappear. 6. Cause by friction, occasion by wasting. 7. Affect by degrees, bring about gradually. a. (Naut. ) ...

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Usage statistics about 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 wear away:

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