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present tense
I/you/we/theywear out
he/she/itwears out
present participlewearing out
past tensewore out
past participleworn out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make someone feel very tired
    She was worn out from looking after her elderly mother.
    wear yourself out: You need a holiday or you’ll wear yourself out.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to use something a lot so that it no longer works, or can no longer be used
    The children have all worn out their shoes.
    The rear tyres had worn out.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make a hole or mark in something by using or rubbing it a lot
    He’d long since worn out the knees in his old jeans.
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