Synonyms of wear in English:

wear


See definition of wear

verb

1‘he was wearing a dark green suit’

SYNONYMS

be dressed in, be clothed in, have on, sport

dress in, clothe oneself in, put on, don

2‘Barbara wore a sweet smile’

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present, show, display, exhibit, bear

give, put on, assume, form one's face into, make one's face into, compose one's face into, rearrange one's face into, ease one's face into, smooth one's face into, draw one's face into, twist one's face into, tug one's face into, pull one's face into, pinch one's face into, crease one's face into, crack one's face into, screw one's face into, screw up one's face into

3‘the bricks have been worn down by centuries of knife-sharpening’

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erode, abrade, scour, scratch, scrape, rasp, rub away, rub down, grind away, fret, waste away, wash away, wear down

corrode, dissolve, bite into

4‘the tyres are wearing well’

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last, endure, hold up, survive, bear up, keep going, carry on, prove durable, resist wear, stand wear, withstand wear, stand up to wear, do

informal hang in there

5‘I've asked him to keep the bar open an hour later, but he won't wear it’

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allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of

British informal endure, put up with, bear, take, stand, support, submit to, undergo

British informal accept, swallow, tolerate, brook, countenance, admit of

Scottish British informal thole

British informal stick, hack, abide, stomach

British informal be doing with

British archaic, informal suffer


noun

1‘you won't get much wear out of something so cheap’

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use, wearing, service, employment, utility, value

informal mileage

2‘the band were dressed in evening wear’

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clothes, dress, clothing, attire, garb, finery, garments, outfits, wardrobe

British kit, strip

informal get-up, gear, togs, clobber

formal apparel

literary array, raiment, habiliments

3‘choose a varnish which will withstand wear’

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damage, wear and tear, battering, friction, erosion, attrition, corrosion, abrasion, deterioration, degeneration

informal a few knocks

rare detrition


Phrases

    wear something down

      ‘she protested, but he wore down her resistance’

      SYNONYMS

      gradually overcome, slowly diminish, slowly lessen, slowly reduce, drain, erode, wear away, exhaust, undermine, chip away at

    wear off

      ‘the novelty soon wore off’

      SYNONYMS

      fade, dwindle, diminish, lessen, decrease, wane, ebb, subside, weaken, lose intensity, lose strength, peter out, melt away, fizzle out, pall, taper off, tail off, grow faint, grow dim, evaporate, disappear, vanish, die, come to nothing, come to a halt, come to an end, run out

      lose its effect, lose its effectiveness

    wear on

      ‘as the afternoon wore on he began to look unhappy’

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      pass, elapse, proceed, progress, advance, move on, run its course, go by, go on, go past, roll by, roll on, roll past, march on, glide by, glide past, slide by, slide past, slip away, slip by, slip past, fly by, fly past, steal by, steal past, tick by, tick past

    wear out

      ‘a cheap bed will wear out faster than a quality one’

      SYNONYMS

      deteriorate, become worn, show signs of wear, come to the end of its life, become useless, wear thin, fray, become threadbare, go into holes, go through, wear through

    wear something out
    wear someone out

      ‘eventually her exertions wore her out’

      SYNONYMS

      fatigue, tire out, overtire, weary, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, tax, overtax, enervate, debilitate, enfeeble, jade, incapacitate, devitalize, prostrate

      informal

      whack, bush, shatter, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out, do in

      British informal

      knacker