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Definition of wear down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

wear down

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

wear down

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wear somethingdown

 
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to become, or make something become, gradually smaller or smoother by continuously using or rubbing it Notice how the tread on this tire has worn down.

wear somebody/somethingdown

 
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to make someone or something weaker or less determined, especially by continuously attacking or putting pressure on them or it over a period of time Her persistence paid off and she eventually wore me down. This relentless pressure began to wear down their resistance.
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