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verb wear pronunciation in American English /wer/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewearing
past tensewore
past participleworn
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to have something on your body as clothing, decoration, or protection

    He was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

    She wasn’t wearing any makeup.

    I don’t have anything to wear to my interview.

    1. a.
      to use a particular type of clothing or decoration on your body

      He wears glasses now.

      It was fashionable for men to wear their hair long.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] if something wears or wears thin, it gets thinner or weaker because it has been used a lot

    His shoes were wearing at the heel.

    The carpet has worn thin in places.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if you wear a hole or mark in something, you form a hole or mark in it by using it or rubbing it a lot
      wear something in something:

      You’ve worn a hole in your jeans.

  3. 4
    [transitive] [usually in negatives or questions] British informal to be willing to accept something that someone says or does

    We tried that excuse but they wouldn’t wear it.


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