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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wear down:
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Definition of the verb wear down
What does wear down mean as a doing phrase?
- exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
- example: Sam cannot wear down Sue
- lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
- synonyms of wear down: fag / fag out / fatigue / jade / outwear / tire / tire out / wear / wear out / wear upon / weary
- more generic word: indispose = cause to feel unwell
- more specific terms:
- cause: fatigue / jade / pall / tire / weary
- deteriorate through use or stress
Alternative definition of the verb wear down
- &lit, wear, down
- To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wear down
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Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)
by Murali Mohan Hundigam
with the teeth—gnaw Wear down—abrade, grind Wear down by friction— abrade Wear down gradually—pare down, whittle down Wear for rink—skates Wear out—exhaust Wear thin—fray Wearies—tires Weariness—ennui, fatigue, lassitude ...
A Domestic Guide to Health, Wealth and Happiness; Thorough and Exhaustive, and Adapted to the Easy Apprehension of All Classes by Isaac N. Reed, M. A. Frost, Edward Harris Ruddock
Owing to the fact that the permanent front teeth of the horse—which horsemen call nippers—wear down, so as to present a different appearance at different stages of this wearing process, we have always a means of knowing the age of a ...
by University of California, Berkeley
tend to wear down the outer side of the heel, while people who roll inward (such as those with flat feet) show more wear on the inner side. Such signs of wear are usually ...
wear down Something is worn down when it becomes smaller because something is rubbing it or hitting it: The sea water has worn down these rocks. > wear off The effect of something wears off when it gradually disappears: When the effects ...
Dictionary of Euphemisms (2008)
by R. W. Holder
To wear down was merely to grow old. wear Dick's hatband see DICK1 wear green garters obsolete Scottish to remain unmarried after a younger sister's wedding By tradition, the unmarried elder sister wore green or yellow garters at the ...
by Elizabeth Jewell
wear down or away, damage, impair, harm, fray. 6 tire, fatigue, debilitate, weary.
A Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)
by Robert Ireland
Normal chewing and biting usually wear down mamelons to leave a smooth incisal edge; they are therefore not usually seen in the adult dentition. Mamelons ...
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