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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

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

wearybusttirewearbreak

Definition of the verb wear out

What does wear out mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  2. go to pieces
  3. deteriorate through use or stress
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of wear out: wear / wear down / wear off / wear thin
    • more generic word: deteriorate = become worse or disintegrate
    • more specific words:
      • ablate = wear away through erosion or vaporization
      • scuff = get or become scuffed

Alternative definition of the verb wear out

verb

  1. To cause (something) to become damaged, useless, or ineffective through continued use, especially hard, heavy, or careless use.
  2. [intransitive] To deteriorate or become unusable or ineffective due to continued use, exposure, or strain.
  3. To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
  4. [intransitive] To become exhausted, tired, fatigued, or weary, as by continued strain or exertion.
  5. Of apparel, displayed in public.
  6. Of a shirt, not tucked into the pants; worn in a casual manner.
  7. [context: chiefly Southern US] To punish by spanking.

Phrases with wear out

  1. Wear Out One's Welcome
  2. to wear out

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wear out

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Google previewNez Perce Dictionary (1994)

by Haruo Aoki

ankles for wardance, tu-qi-kt tu-qi-k VS wear clothes inside out, cimtaxlo-y VC wear diagonally from one shoulder, captiyo-k VS wear ear ornaments, 3eqi-wi VS wear leggings, tohoni- tohon N wear necklaces, weheyqse heyq VS wear out, ...

Google previewCambridge Dictionary of American Idioms (2003)

by Paul Heacock

wear out sth, also wear sth out to use something so much that it can no longer be used ♢ Randy's been cooking in a kitchen that's so old, almost everything in ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of the English Language ... (1856)

by Charles Richardson

To wear out, to decay. To wear out, longer than ; to last (in wearing) longer than ; to outlast OUT-WEARY,* r .

Google previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

/ 3JI3X To wear out (as by attrition).

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2015)

by Jennifer Speake

" m expectation; optimism; travel BETTER to wear out than to rust ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Proverbs (2008)

by Jennifer Speake

expectation; optimism; travel BETTER to wear out than to rust out It is better to remain active than to succumb to idleness: used particularly with reference to elderly people. Frequently attributed in its current form to Bishop Richard Cumberland ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language... (1803)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation... by John Walker

To waste with use or time; to consume tediously; to carry appendant to the body, to use as clothes; to exhibit in appearance ; to effect by degrees; To wear out; to harass : to waste or destroy by use. To WEAR, ware.

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning ... (1789)

To which is Prefixed a Prosodial Grammar by Thomas Sheridan

To beat, to beat down; to wear with beating ; to wear out with service. BATTER, bát'-tūr. s. A mixture of several ingredients beaten together. BATTERER, that batters. BATTERY, bāt-té- ry. s.

Google previewA General Dictionary of the English Language (1780)

One Main Object of Which, Is, to Establish a Plain and Permanent Standard Pronunciation. : To which is Prefixed a Rhetorical Grammar by Thomas Sheridan

To wafte with ufe or tine; to confume tediously; to carry appendant to the body, to ufe as clothes ; to exhibit in appearance ; to affećt by degrees ; To Wear out; to harafs; to wafte or destroy by ufe. To WEAR, wếr. v. n. To be ...

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It is better to wear out than to rust out. (Bishop Richard Cumberland)
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