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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wear out:
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Definition of the verb wear out
What does wear out mean as a doing phrase?
- exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
- example: Sam cannot wear out Sue
- lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
- synonyms of wear out: fag / fag out / fatigue / jade / outwear / tire / tire out / wear / wear down / wear upon / weary
- more generic word: indispose = cause to feel unwell
- more specific terms:
- cause: fatigue / jade / pall / tire / weary
- go to pieces
- deteriorate through use or stress
Alternative definition of the verb wear out
- To cause (something) to become damaged, useless, or ineffective through continued use, especially hard, heavy, or careless use.
- synonym: outwear
- [intransitive] To deteriorate or become unusable or ineffective due to continued use, exposure, or strain.
- To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
- [intransitive] To become exhausted, tired, fatigued, or weary, as by continued strain or exertion.
- Of apparel, displayed in public.
- Of a shirt, not tucked into the pants; worn in a casual manner.
- [context: chiefly Southern US] To punish by spanking.
Phrases with wear out
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wear out
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Nez 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, ...
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 ...
by Charles Richardson
To wear out, to decay. To wear out, longer than ; to last (in wearing) longer than ; to outlast OUT-WEARY,* r .
Mongolian-English Dictionary (2013)
by Ferdinand D Lessing
/ 3JI3X To wear out (as by attrition).
by Jennifer Speake
" m expectation; optimism; travel BETTER to wear out than to rust ...
A 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 ...
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.
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.
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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- Wear out Meaning
Video shows what wear out means. To cause (something) to become damaged, useless, or ineffective through continued use, especially hard, heavy, ...
- Wear out one's welcome Meaning
Video shows what wear out one's welcome means. To behave in an offensive, burdensome, or tiresome manner, with the result that one's continued presence is ...