Definition of wear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//weə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wer//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wear
    BrE BrE//weə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wer//
    he / she / it wears
    BrE BrE//weəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//werz//
    past simple wore
    BrE BrE//wɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːr//
    past participle worn
    BrE BrE//wɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrn//
    -ing form wearing
    BrE BrE//ˈweərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwerɪŋ//
    Describing hair, The fashion world
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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). CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform 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 jewellery/(especially US English) 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/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) 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/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) 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/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot See related entries: The fashion world
  2. hair
  3. 2[transitive] to have your hair in a particular style; to have a beard or moustache wear something + adj. She wears her hair long. wear something to wear a beard See related entries: Describing hair
  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 grey hairs!
  11. accept/allow
  12. 7[transitive] (usually used in questions and negative sentences) wear something (British English, informal) to accept or allow something, especially something that you do not approve of
  13. Word OriginOld English werian, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vestis ‘clothing’.Extra examples Hannah preferred to wear her hair short. He had forgotten to wear his gloves. He is entitled to wear the regimental tie. I tend to wear a jacket to work. I will probably choose to wear jeans. She refused to wear prison clothes. They came in, proudly wearing their uniforms. Those curtains have worn very well. the first time that I had ever dared to wear something like this Do you have to wear a suit for work? He wasn’t wearing his raincoat, he was carrying it over his arm. She always wears black. She never wears make-up. Was he wearing a seat belt?Idioms
    if the shoe fits (, wear it) (North American English) (British English if the cap 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
    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.
    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.
    wear the trousers (British English) (North American English wear the pants)
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    (often disapproving) (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 trousers in that family!
    Phrasal Verbswear awaywear downwear down somebodywear offwear onwear outwear somebody out
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