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(verb) 
Definition
to carry or have (a garment or jewellery) on one's body as clothing or ornament
He was wearing a dark green uniform.
Synonyms
be dressed in
,
have on
,
dress in
,
be clothed in
,
carry
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
,
sport (informal)
He was fat-faced, heavily-built and sported a red moustache.
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bear
The ice was not thick enough to bear the weight of marching men.
,
put on
,
clothe yourself in
(verb) 
Definition
to have (a particular facial expression)
Millson's face wore a smug expression.
Synonyms
show
What made you decide to show your paintings?
,
present
The theatre is presenting a new production of `Hamlet'.
,
bear
notepaper bearing the President's seal
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display
The cabinets display seventeenth-century porcelain.
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assume
She will assume the role of Chief Executive.
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put on
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exhibit
Her work was exhibited in the best galleries in Europe.
(verb) 
Definition
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate by constant use or action
The living room carpet is beginning to wear.
Synonyms
,
fray
The stitching had begun to fray at the edges.
,
wear thin
,
become threadbare
(verb) 
Casual shoes need to wear well.
Synonyms
last
You only need a very small amount, so the tube lasts for ages.
,
survive
Rejected by the people, can the organization survive at all?
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endure
Somehow the language endures and continues to survive to this day.
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hold up
Sales of children's clothes are holding up well.
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bear up
She felt that she would be unable to bear up under the pain.
,
prove durable
,
resist wear
,
stand up to wear
(verb) 
Definition
to accept
I asked if I could work part-time, but the company wouldn't wear it.
Synonyms
accept
Urban dwellers have to accept noise as part of city life.
,
take
His rudeness was becoming hard to take.
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allow
Talking amongst yourselves is not allowed.
, ,
stomach
I could never stomach the cruelty involved in the wounding of animals.
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swallow (informal)
I too found this story a little hard to swallow.
,
brook
The army will brook no weakening of its power.
,
stand for
,
fall for
,
put up with (informal)
,
countenance
The planners will not countenance any changes to the exterior of the barn.
(verb) 
Definition
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate by constant use or action
Synonyms
erode
Once exposed, soil is quickly eroded by wind and rain.
,
use
You used all the ice cubes and didn't put the ice trays back.
, ,
waste
a cruel disease which wastes the muscles
, ,
consume
Some refrigerators consume 70 per cent less electricity than the least efficient models.
, ,
wash away
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corrode
Engineers found that the structure had been corroded by moisture.
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abrade
The rough rock had abraded her skin.
(noun) 
Definition
clothes that are suitable for a particular time or purpose
The shops stock an extensive range of beach wear.
Synonyms
,
things
,
dress
a well-groomed gent in smart dress and specs
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gear (informal)
I used to wear trendy gear but it just looked ridiculous.
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attire
women dressed in their finest attire
,
habit
She emerged having changed into her riding habit.
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outfit
She was wearing an outfit we'd bought the previous day.
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costume
Even from a distance, the effect of his costume was stunning.
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threads (slang)
,
garments
,
apparel (old-fashioned)
Women's apparel is offered in petite, regular and tall sizes.
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garb
He wore the garb of a general.
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raiments
(noun) 
Definition
the quality of resisting the effects of constant use
You'll get more wear out of a car if you look after it properly.
Synonyms
usefulness
His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.
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use
There's no use you asking me any more questions about that.
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service
We were delighted to be of service.
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employment
the employment of the safety car
,
utility
He inwardly questioned the utility of his work.
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mileage (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
deterioration from constant or normal use
a large, well-upholstered armchair which showed signs of wear
Synonyms
,
wear and tear
, ,
erosion
an erosion of moral standards
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friction
The pistons are graphite-coated to prevent friction.
, , , ,
corrosion
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abrasion
The sole of the shoe should be designed to take constant abrasion.
Opposites

Phrasal verbs

See wear down

idiom

See wear well

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abrade
The rough rock had abraded her skin.
Synonyms
rub off,
wear away,
scrape away,
scrape out
in the sense of abrasion
Definition
the erosion of rock by rock fragments scratching and scraping it
The sole of the shoe should be designed to take constant abrasion.
Synonyms
rubbing,
scratching,
scraping,
scouring,
corrosion,
wearing down,
scuffing,
chafing,
grinding down,
wearing away,
abrading
in the sense of allow
Definition
to permit someone to do something
Talking amongst yourselves is not allowed.

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