What does ‘wear’ mean?

The word ‘wear’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to have something on one’s body or erode.

For example:

  • I’ll wear a dress and heels to the party. (have on one’s body)
  • The dentist said my teeth are a bit worn. (erode)

Wear is an irregular verb. The past tense is wore and the past participle is worn.

phrasal verbs with wear

Phrasal verbs with ‘wear’ include:

  • Wear away (erode)
  • Wear down (get weaker)
  • Wear off (disappear)
  • Wear out (become tired)
phrasal verbs with wear

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘wear’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with wear - wear away
phrasal verbs with wear - wear down
phrasal verbs with wear - wear off
phrasal verbs with wear - wear out

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with wear below.