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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theywear away
he/she/itwears away
present participlewearing away
past tensewore away
past participleworn away
  1. to disappear, or to make something disappear, because it has been used or rubbed a lot

    The inscription on the ring had almost worn away.

    The grass has been worn away by cars.

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