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
    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.

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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.