The word ‘wear‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to have something on one’s body or erode.
- 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
meaning – erode
example – My teeth are wearing away. My dentist told me to cut out fizzy drinks.
- wear down
meaning – make something weaker
example – My job is wearing me down, I’m working far too many hours.
- wear off
meaning – stop having an effect or disappear
example – I wrote my name on my lunchbox but, it’s worn off.
- wear out
meaning – use something until it breaks or become tired
example – The kids are in bed, all that running around has worn them out.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘wear’ in more detail and see some examples in use.