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



    BrE BrE//weə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wer//
    [uncountable] The fashion world
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  1. 1(usually in compounds) used especially in shops/stores to describe clothes for a particular purpose or occasion casual/evening, etc. wear children’s/ladies’ wear see also footwear, menswear, sportswear, streetwear, underwear See related entries: The fashion world
  2. 2the fact of wearing something casual clothes for everyday wear These woollen suits are not designed for wear in hot climates. Synonymsclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothing [U] (rather formal) clothes, especially a particular type of clothes:warm clothingclothes or clothing?Clothing is more formal than clothes and is used especially to mean ‘a particular type of clothes’. There is no singular form of clothes or clothing: a piece/​an item/​an article of clothing is used to talk about one thing that you wear such as a dress or shirt.garment (formal) a piece of clothing:He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. Garment should only be used in formal or literary contexts; in everyday contexts use a piece of clothing.dress [U] clothes, especially when worn in a particular style or for a particular occasion:We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in shops/​stores:the children’s wear departmentgear [U] (informal) clothes:Her friends were all wearing the latest gear (= fashionable clothes).Patterns casual clothes/​clothing/​dress/​wear/​gear evening/​formal clothes/​dress/​wear designer/​sports clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear/​gear children’s/​men’s/​women’s clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear to have on/​be in/​wear …clothes/​garments/​dress/​gear See related entries: The fashion world
  3. use
  4. 3the amount or type of use that something has over a period of time You should get years of wear out of that carpet.
  5. damage
  6. 4the damage or loss of quality that is caused when something has been used a lot His shoes were beginning to show signs of wear. The machines have to be checked regularly for wear.
  7. Word OriginOld English werian, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vestis ‘clothing’.Extra examples New shoes usually get more comfortable with wear. Silk shirts always feel soft and light in wear. The cathedral steps were polished smooth by centuries of wear. The cushions were beginning to show wear. The flooring comes with a 20-year wear guarantee. The stairs had become slippery with wear. This flooring can withstand years of hard wear. This is a quality garment which should give years of wear. This new oil reduces wear on the engine. the analysis of wear patterns on prehistoric stone tools The fashion show was split into two sections, displaying formal and casual wear. We headed straight for the children’s wear department.Idioms the damage to objects, furniture, property, etc. that is the result of normal use The insurance policy does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear. The living-room carpet has to stand up to the combined wear and tear of two dogs and three children. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
      the worse for wear (informal)
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    1. 1in a poor condition because of being used a lot
    2. 2drunk He arrived home at two in the morning, much the worse for wear.
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