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Definition of wear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wear
    he / she / it wears
    past simple wore
    past participle worn
    -ing form wearing
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  1. 1[transitive] wear something to have something on your body as a piece of clothing, a decoration, etc. She was wearing a new coat. Do I have to wear a tie? Was she wearing a seat belt? He wore glasses. All delegates must wear a badge. She always wears black (= black clothes). Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume be (dressed) in black/red/jeans and a T-shirt/your best suit/leather/silk/rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/school/dinner/a special occasion be dressed as a man/woman/clown/pirate wear/dress in casual/designer/second-hand clothes wear jewelry/accessories/a watch/glasses/contact lenses/perfume have a cowboy hat/red dress/blue suit on put on/take off your clothes/coat/shoes/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/your pajamasappearance change/enhance/improve your appearance create/get/have/give something a new/contemporary/retro look brush/comb/shampoo/wash/blow-dry your hair have/get a haircut/your hair cut/a new hairstyle have/get a piercing/your nose pierced have/get a tattoo/a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/get a makeover/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with fashion/the latest fashions spend/waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/stylishly/well dressed have good/great/terrible/awful taste in clothes update/revamp your wardrobe be in/come into/go out of fashion be (back/very much) in vogue create a style/trend for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shoot
  2. hair
  3. 2[transitive] to have your hair in a particular style; to have a beard or mustache wear something + adj. She wears her hair long. wear something to wear a beard
  4. expression on face
  5. 3[transitive] wear something to have a particular expression on your face He wore a puzzled look on his face. His face wore a puzzled look.
  6. damage with use
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something become thinner, smoother, or weaker through continuous use or rubbing The carpets are starting to wear. + adj. The sheets have worn thin. wear something + adj. The stones have been worn smooth by the constant flow of water.
  8. 5[transitive] wear something + adv./prep. to make a hole, path, etc. in something by continuous use or rubbing I've worn holes in all my socks. The water had worn a channel in the rock.
  9. stay in good condition
  10. 6[intransitive] wear well to stay in good condition after being used for a long time That carpet is wearing well, isn't it? (figurative) (humorous) You're wearing well—only a few gray hairs!
  11. Idioms
    if the shoe fits (, wear it)
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    if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism I didn't actually say that you were lazy, but if the shoe fits…
    wear your heart on your sleeve
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    to allow your feelings to be seen by other people He's not one to wear his heart on his sleeve.
    wear the pants (often disapproving)
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    (especially of a woman) to be the person in a marriage or other relationship who makes most of the decisions It's obvious who wears the pants in that family!
    to begin to become weaker or less acceptable These excuses are wearing a little thin (= because we've heard them so many times before). My patience is beginning to wear very thin.
    Phrasal Verbswear awaywear downwear somebody/somethingdownwear offwear onwear outwear yourself/somebody out
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