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Verb1.wear away - cut away in small pieces
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
2.wear away - diminish, as by friction; "Erosion wore away the surface"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
3.wear away - become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
decay, dilapidate, crumble - fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"


1. To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction:
2. To diminish the strength and energy of:
phrasal verb
wear away
To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction:
phrasal verb
wear down
To diminish the strength and energy of:
phrasal verb
wear out
1. To make extremely tired:
Informal: knock out, tucker (out).
Slang: do in, poop (out).
Idioms: run ragged, take it out of.
2. To diminish the strength and energy of:
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w>wear away

vt sep (= erode) stepsaustreten; rockabschleifen, abtragen; (from underneath) → aushöhlen; pattern, inscriptiontilgen (geh), → verwischen; (fig) determinationuntergraben; sb’s patiencezehren an (+dat)
vi (= disappear) (rocks, rough edges etc)sich abschleifen; (inscription)verwittern; (pattern)verwischen; (fig: patience, determination) → schwinden


(weə) past tense wore (woː) ; past participle worn (woːn) verb
1. to be dressed in or carry on (a part of) the body. She wore a white dress; Does she usually wear spectacles?
2. to arrange (one's hair) in a particular way. She wears her hair in a pony-tail.
3. to have or show (a particular expression). She wore an angry expression.
4. to (cause to) become thinner etc because of use, rubbing etc. This carpet has worn in several places; This sweater is wearing thin at the elbows.
5. to make (a bare patch, a hole etc) by rubbing, use etc. I've worn a hole in the elbow of my jacket.
6. to stand up to use. This material doesn't wear very well.
1. use as clothes etc. I use this suit for everyday wear; Those shoes won't stand much wear.
2. articles for use as clothes. casual wear; sportswear; leisure wear.
3. (sometimes wear and tear) damage due to use. The hall carpet is showing signs of wear.
4. ability to withstand use. There's plenty of wear left in it yet.
ˈwearable adjective
(negative unwearable) fit to be worn. My only wearable coat is at the cleaners.
ˈwearer noun
a dress that makes the wearer feel elegant.
ˈwearing adjective
exhausting. I've had rather a wearing day.
worn (woːn) adjective
damaged as a result of use. a badly-worn carpet.
wear away
to make or become damaged, thinner, smoother etc through use, rubbing etc. The steps have (been) worn away in places.
wear off
to become less. The pain is wearing off.
wear out
to (cause to) become unfit for further use. My socks have worn out; I've worn out my socks.
worn out
1. so damaged by use as to be unfit for further use. These shoes are worn out; a worn-out sweater.
2. very tired. His wife is worn out after looking after the children.
References in classic literature ?
Time, which wears away all things, will wear away the first fervor of that love.
The same day that Leandra made her appearance her father removed her from our sight and took her away to shut her up in a convent in a town near this, in the hope that time may wear away some of the disgrace she has incurred.
He had no burden of care upon him; there were none of those questions and contingencies with the future to be settled which wear away all other lives, and render them not worth having by the very process of providing for their support.
As to Nell, constant dropping will wear away a stone; you know you may trust to me as far as she is concerned.
This queer wooden horse was a great favorite with Princess Ozma, who had caused the bottoms of its legs to be shod with plates of gold, so the wood would not wear away.
The woman in the darkness could hear him laughing and talking with a guest who was striving to wear away a dull evening by dozing in a chair by the office door.
The attachment was one of childhood and accident--the two girls having been neighbors and school-fellows until they had got to like each other, after the manner in which young people form such friendships, to wear away under the friction of the world, and the pressure of time.
Constant dropping will wear away a stone, and constant coaching will wear out a Dame Durden.
Nutty had had the jolt he needed, but it might be that the first freshness of it would wear away, in which event it would be convenient to have Eustace on the premises.