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v. wore, worn, wear•ing,
When you wear something, you have it on your body. You can wear clothes, shoes, a hat, gloves, jewellery, make-up, or a pair of glasses. The past tense of wear is wore. The -ed participle is worn.
You can also say that someone is dressed in particular clothes.
However, don't say that someone is 'dressed in' a hat, shoes, gloves, jewellery, make-up, or glasses.
You can use in to mention the clothes, shoes, hat, or gloves someone is wearing. In usually goes immediately after a noun phrase.
You can use in as part of an adverbial phrase.
In is sometimes used to mean 'wearing only'. For example, 'George was in his underpants' means 'George was wearing only his underpants'.
Past participle: worn
|Noun||1.||wear - impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"|
|2.||wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body|
accessory, accouterment, accoutrement - clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
apparel, clothes, wearing apparel, dress - clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"
attire, garb, dress - clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress"
beachwear - clothing to be worn at a beach
black - black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
blue - blue clothing; "she was wearing blue"
change - a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, plain clothes - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
consumer goods - goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
drag - clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man); "he went to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"
footwear - clothing worn on a person's feet
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
knitwear - knitted clothing
leisure wear - informal clothing designed to be worn when you are relaxing
loungewear - clothing suitable for relaxation
man's clothing - clothing that is designed for men to wear
neckpiece - an article of apparel worn about the neck
protective garment - clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
ready-to-wear - ready-made clothing; "she couldn't find anything in ready-to-wear that she liked"
slip-on - an article of clothing (garment or shoe) that is easily slipped on or off
slops - cheap clothing (as formerly issued to sailors in Britain)
street clothes - ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
tailor-made - custom-made clothing
uniform - clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification
vestiture - an archaic term for clothing
wardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one person
woman's clothing - clothing that is designed for women to wear
|3.||wear - the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear"|
|Verb||1.||wear - be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day"|
|2.||wear - have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"|
|3.||wear - have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; "He always wears a smile"|
|4.||wear - deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth"|
deteriorate - become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"
ablate - wear away through erosion or vaporization
scuff - get or become scuffed; "These patent leather shoes scuffed"
|5.||wear - have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain way"|
|6.||wear - last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years"|
|7.||wear - go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"|
|8.||wear - exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike"|
indispose - cause to feel unwell; "She was indisposed"
exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up, beat - wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
|9.||wear - put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"|
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
hat - put on or wear a hat; "He was unsuitably hatted"
try on, try - put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice; "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
scarf - wrap in or adorn with a scarf
slip on - put on with ease or speed; "slip into something more comfortable after work"; "slip on one's shoes"
wear[wɛəʳ] (wore (vb: pt) (worn (pp)))
this material will stand up to a lot of wear → este tejido resistirá mucho uso
I've had a lot of wear out of this jacket → le he dado mucho uso a esta chaqueta, esta chaqueta ha aguantado mucho trote
there is still some wear left in it → todavía le queda vida
clothes for evening wear → ropa f para la noche
clothes for everyday wear → ropa f para todos los días, ropa f para uso diario
the wear on the engine → el desgaste del motor
to show signs of wear [clothes, furniture, tyres] → dar muestras de desgaste, mostrar señales de desgaste
wear and tear → desgaste natural
one has to allow for wear and tear → hay que tener en cuenta el desgaste natural
the worse for wear his suit looked decidedly the worse for wear → el traje se le veía muy deslucido
she looks the worse for wear → se la ve algo desmejorada
he returned from the pub rather the worse for wear → volvió del bar algo ajumado
what is the correct wear for these occasions? → ¿qué es lo que se debe poner uno en tal ocasión? → ¿qué ropa es la apropiada para tal ocasión?
casual wear → ropa f informal
children's wear → ropa f de niños
evening wear → ropa f para la noche
ladies' or womens' wear → ropa f de señora
summer wear → ropa f de verano
she was wearing high-heeled shoes → llevaba (puestos) zapatos de tacón alto
can you describe what he was wearing? → ¿puede describir lo que llevaba (puesto)?
were you wearing a watch? → ¿llevabas reloj? → ¿llevabas un reloj puesto?
what the well-dressed woman is wearing this year → lo que lleva or se pone este año la mujer bien vestida
she wore blue → iba de azul
what shall I wear? → ¿qué me pongo?
I have nothing to wear to the dinner → no tengo qué ponerme para ir a la cena
I haven't worn that for ages → hace siglos que no me pongo eso
why don't you wear your black dress? → ¿por qué no te pones el vestido negro?
hats are rarely worn nowadays → hoy día apenas se llevan los sombreros
I never wear perfume/make-up → nunca llevo or me pongo perfume/maquillaje
what size do you wear? (clothes) → ¿qué talla usa?
what size shoes do you wear? → ¿qué número calza?
does she wear glasses/a wig? → ¿usa gafas/peluca?
to wear the crown → ceñir la corona
to wear one's hair long/short → llevar el pelo largo/corto
she wears her age or her years well → se conserva muy bien
she's the one who wears the trousers or > pants in that house > (US) → en esa casa los pantalones los lleva ella
see also heart A2
the carpet had been worn threadbare → la alfombra estaba muy desgastada del uso
to wear o.s. to death → matarse (trabajando etc)
to wear a hole in sth → hacer un agujero en algo
he had worn holes in his socks → les había hecho agujeros a los calcetines
the flagstones had been worn smooth by centuries of use → tantos siglos de uso habían alisado las losas
that dress/carpet has worn well → ese vestido/esa alfombra ha durado or aguantado mucho
it's a friendship that has worn very well → es una amistad que ha resistido or aguantado muy bien el paso del tiempo
she's worn well → se ha conservado muy bien
the trousers have worn at the knees → los pantalones se han desgastado por la rodillas
the rock has worn smooth → la roca se ha alisado por el desgaste
to wear thin [material] → desgastarse
that excuse is wearing a bit thin → esa excusa está ya muy pasada
my patience is wearing thin → se me está agotando la paciencia → estoy perdiendo la paciencia
when the novelty wears off → cuando pase la novedad
the pain is wearing off → se me está pasando el dolor
the years wore on → transcurrían or pasaban los años
as the evening wore on → a medida que transcurría la noche
you'll wear your eyes out doing that → como hagas eso te vas a cansar la vista
it has worn through at the elbows → con el uso se ha roto or agujereado por los codos
to have a lot of wear out of sth
You've had a lot of wear out of those shoes → Ces chaussures t'ont fait beaucoup d'usage.
You'll get a lot of wear out of that coat → Ce manteau vous fera beaucoup d'usage.
evening wear → tenue f de soirée
beach wear → les vêtements de plage
She was wearing a hat → Elle portait un chapeau.
She was wearing black
BUT Elle était en noir.
I can't decide what to wear
BUT Je ne sais pas quoi mettre.
to wear make-up → se maquiller
She was wearing make-up → Elle était maquillée.
to wear one's hair up → relever ses cheveux
She wore her hair up in a bun → Elle avait relevé ses cheveux en chignon.
to wear one's hair down → laisser retomber ses cheveux
He wore his hair too long → Il avait les cheveux trop longs.
I've worn a hole in the knee of my jeans → J'ai fait un trou au genou de mon jean à force de le porter.
wearvb: pret <wore>, ptp <worn>
wear[wɛəʳ] (wore (vb: pt) (worn (pp)))
shoes for everyday wear → scarpe da mettere tutti i giorni
there's still a lot of wear in these (shoes, carpets, tyres) → sono ancora in buono stato
I've had a lot of wear out of this jacket → porto questa giacca da anni
to stand up to a lot of wear → durare a lungo
wear and tear → usura
fair wear and tear (Comm) → normale usura
the wear on the engine → l'usura del motore
she looks the worse for wear (old, exhausted) → sembra sciupata (hung-over) → ha l'aria distrutta
to wear make-up → truccarsi
she wasn't wearing any make-up → non era truccata
she wore her blue dress → portava il vestito blu
I have nothing to wear to the dinner → non ho niente da mettermi per la cena
to wear one's hair long → portare i capelli lunghi
he wore a big smile → sfoderò un gran sorriso
I always manage to wear my jumpers at the elbow → i miei maglioni sono sempre consumati nei gomiti
they have worn a path across the lawn → hanno formato un sentiero nel prato a forza di camminarci sopra
to wear a hole in sth → bucare qc a furia di usarlo/a
the rocks had been worn smooth → le rocce erano state levigate dal tempo
she has worn well → porta bene i suoi anni
that theory has worn well → quella teoria è ancora valida
to wear down sb's patience → far perdere la pazienza a qn
after a while the novelty wore off → dopo un po' non era più una novità
to be worn out → essere consumato/a (fig) (person) → essere estenuato/a or distrutto/a
his strength wore out → era spossato
her patience wore out → ha perso la pazienza