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▪ Whenever she wore heels she was taller than the men she worked with.
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Wear \Wear\, v. t. [imp. Wore (w[=o]r); p. p. Worn (w[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared.] [OE. weren, werien, AS. werian to carry, to wear, as arms or clothes; akin to OHG. werien, weren, to clothe, Goth. wasjan, L. vestis clothing, vestire to clothe, Gr. "enny`nai, Skr. vas. Cf. Vest.]

  1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle.

    What compass will you wear your farthingale?

    On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore, Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore.

  2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance. ``He wears the rose of youth upon him.''

    His innocent gestures wear A meaning half divine.

  3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly.

  4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.

    That wicked wight his days doth wear.

    The waters wear the stones.
    --Job xiv. 19.

  5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.

  6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition. Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us. --Locke. To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay. To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth. To wear on or To wear upon, to wear. [Obs.] ``[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]'' --Chaucer. To wear out.

    1. To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, to wear out a coat or a book.

    2. To consume tediously. ``To wear out miserable days.''

    3. To harass; to tire. ``[He] shall wear out the saints of the Most High.''
      --Dan vii. 25.

    4. To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service.

      To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]


Wore \Wore\, imp. of Ware.


Wore \Wore\, imp. of Wear.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

modern past tense of wear (v.).


vb. (en-simple pastwear)


See wear

  1. v. be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day" [syn: have on]

  2. have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar" [syn: bear]

  3. have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality; "He always wears a smile"

  4. deteriorate through use or stress; "The constant friction wore out the cloth" [syn: wear off, wear out, wear thin]

  5. have or show an appearance of; "wear one's hair in a certain way"

  6. last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years" [syn: hold out, endure]

  7. go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely" [syn: break, wear out, bust, fall apart]

  8. exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear upon, tire out, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue] [ant: refresh]

  9. put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans" [syn: put on, get into, don, assume]

  10. [also: worn, wore]

  1. n. impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"

  2. a covering designed to be worn on a person's body [syn: clothing, article of clothing, vesture]

  3. the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment; "she bought it for everyday wear" [syn: wearing]

  4. [also: worn, wore]


Wore or WORE may refer to:

  • Write once, run everywhere, a slogan created by Sun Microsystems to illustrate the cross-platform benefits of the Java language
  • Wore, Benin

Usage examples of "wore".

She wore a velvet gown of midnight blue and just the right amount of make-up to highlight her eyes, and she already knew from the way the young king had stared at her that he was attracted to her.

On his head he wore no helmet, just a short-cropped blond mane, but every other inch was armored, reflecting the sinking sun.

He wore all his rings today, great gem-stones that twinkled in the torchlight, and when he saw his youngest daughter across the room he beamed.

Breck wore a grin while Trager was unreadable, but both had dressed for the evening, sporting long capes trimmed with wolf fur.

Each wore a long velvet dress and twinkling jewelry, and each had a husband or suitor seated beside her.

The woman wore a long coat of patchwork leather, colorful and dramatic.

The remarkable coat she wore no longer swam with life, yet Beith knew she was in the power of a magician.

She wore a white dress that caught the sun and contrasted with her raven hair.

The clothes he wore were foreign to Akeela, full of crimson and silk, bespeaking someplace far away.

Cassandra wore a dress of white and emerald, was veiled with silk and followed by a long, elaborate train.

The knight wore his bronze armor, outshining all of them, even Cassandra.

Unlike Lukien, Trager wore the traditional silver armor of the Royal Chargers.

Cassandra was sure he wore the same expression now under his dark mask.

He was in fine spirits after his victory in the joust, and wore the diamond around his neck to prove it.

He wore an unusual ensemble of mismatched riding garb and his customary wide-brimmed hat.