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phrasal verb [transitive] [often passive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theywear down
he/she/itwears down
present participlewearing down
past tensewore down
past participleworn down
  1. 1
    to make someone gradually lose their energy or confidence

    They were worn down by the stress of caring for five children.

    Slowly he wore his opponent down.

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