Other forms: wore; wearing; wears; weared

To wear means to clothe, or be covered by. You wear suits to interviews and sweats to the gym.

Wear is used to talk about the things we wear on our body, like clothes or jewelry. We even say that people wear their feelings. If someone tells you you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve, it’s totally obvious what you’re feeling. We also use wear to talk about deterioration over time. If you walk a lot, you will wear out your shoes faster. If you chatter on and on, your listener’s patience will wear thin.

Definitions of wear
  1. verb
    put clothing on one's body
    “What should I wear today?”
    synonyms: assume, don, get into, put on
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    put on or wear a hat
    try, try on
    put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
    wrap in or adorn with a scarf
    slip on
    put on with ease or speed
    select and wear small, decorative articles of clothing, jewelry, etc.
    dress in a bonnet
    type of:
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
  2. verb
    have on one's person
    “He wore a red ribbon”
    synonyms: bear
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  3. verb
    be dressed in
    “She was wearing yellow that day”
    synonyms: have on
  4. noun
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
    synonyms: article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wearable
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    accessory, accouterment, accoutrement
    clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
    apparel, clothes, dress, wearing apparel
    clothing in general
    array, raiment, regalia
    especially fine or decorative clothing
    attire, dress, garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    clothing to be worn at a beach
    black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    blue clothing
    a different or fresh set of clothes
    civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, plain clothes
    ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
    clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
    clothing worn on a person's feet
    an article of clothing
    gray, grey
    clothing that is a grey color
    hand wear, handwear
    clothing for the hands
    headdress, headgear
    clothing for the head
    knitted clothing
    leisure wear
    informal clothing designed to be worn when you are relaxing
    clothing suitable for relaxation
    man's clothing
    clothing that is designed for men to wear
    an article of apparel worn about the neck
    nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear
    garments designed to be worn in bed
    outerwear, overclothes
    clothing for use outdoors
    protective garment
    clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
    ready-made clothing
    an article of clothing (garment or shoe) that is easily slipped on or off
    cheap clothing (as formerly issued to sailors in Britain)
    street clothes
    ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
    custom-made clothing
    duds, threads, togs
    informal terms for clothing
    clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification
    an archaic term for clothing
    woman's clothing
    clothing that is designed for women to wear
    work-clothes, work-clothing
    clothing worn for doing manual labor
    women's clothing that has a fitted top and a flared skirt that is widest at the hemline
    ao dai
    the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers
    a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing
    arm guard, arm pad
    a pad worn by football players and hockey goalkeepers
    athletic supporter, jock, jockstrap, supporter, suspensor
    a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise
    a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
    biohazard suit
    a loose one-piece garment worn to protect the wearer against dangerous biological or chemical agents
    body pad
    a pad worn by hockey goalkeeper
    brace, gallus, suspender
    elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
    bandeau, bra, brassiere
    an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
    breechcloth, breechclout, loincloth
    a garment that provides covering for the loins
    burka, burqa
    a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
    a garment made of camlet fabric
    a tight-fitting headdress
    chest protector
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn in baseball by catchers and by football players
    civies, civvies
    civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform
    anything worn or placed about the neck
    the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
    the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
    unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
    the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
    a loose-fitting protective garment that is worn over other clothing
    diaper, napkin, nappy
    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement
    any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
    diving dress, diving suit
    a weighted and hermetically sealed garment supplied with air; worn by underwater divers
    dress, frock
    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    beaver, dress hat, high hat, opera hat, silk hat, stovepipe, top hat, topper
    a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
    ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe
    attire that is appropriate to wear in a church
    elbow pad
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn over the elbow by football and hockey players
    elaborate or showy attire and accessories
    evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear
    attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
    foul-weather gear
    protective garment that is intended to keep the wearer dry and warm in bad weather
    a garment made of the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
    furnishing, trappings
    (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel
    a neckpiece made of fur
    handwear: covers the hand and wrist
    gown, robe
    outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions
    gown, scrubs, surgical gown
    protective garment worn by surgeons during operations
    G-string, thong
    minimal clothing worn by stripteasers; a narrow strip of fabric that covers the pubic area, passes between the thighs, and is supported by a waistband
    a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
    habit, riding habit
    attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
    haick, haik
    an outer garment consisting of a large piece of white cloth; worn by men and women in northern Africa
    false hair, hairpiece, postiche
    a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
    outgrown garment passed down from one person to another
    chapeau, hat, lid
    headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
    head covering, veil
    a garment that covers the head and face
    a protective headgear made of hard material to resist blows
    hip pad
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn by football and hockey players
    a headdress that protects the head and face
    man's close-fitting garment of the 16th and 17th centuries covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
    hose, hosiery
    socks and stockings and tights collectively (the British include underwear)
    garments (clothes or linens) that are to be (or have been) ironed
    jeweled headdress, jewelled headdress
    a headdress adorned with jewels
    jump suit
    one-piece uniform worn by parachutists
    jump suit, jumpsuit
    one-piece garment fashioned after a parachutist's uniform
    an Arab headdress consisting of a square piece of cloth folded into a triangle and fastened over the crown by an agal
    (Swahili) a long garment (usually white) with long sleeves; worn by men in East Africa
    knee pad
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn by football or baseball or hockey players
    laundry, wash, washables, washing
    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
    leg covering, legging, leging
    a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
    body suit, cat suit, leotard, unitard
    a tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance
    uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
    an article of clothing designed for comfort and leisure wear
    lounging jacket, smoking jacket
    a man's soft jacket usually with a tie belt; worn at home
    lounging pajama, lounging pyjama
    pajamas worn while lounging
    garments that must be repaired
    military uniform
    prescribed identifying uniform for soldiers
    miter, mitre
    a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
    morning dress
    formal attire for men during the daytime
    a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
    a warm tubular covering for the hands
    civilian clothing worn by a person who is entitled to wear a military uniform
    articles of clothing worn about the neck
    housecoat, neglige, negligee, peignoir, wrapper
    a loose dressing gown for women
    gown, night-robe, nightdress, nightgown, nightie
    lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women
    nightclothes worn by men
    getup, outfit, rig, turnout
    a set of clothing (with accessories)
    (usually plural) work clothing consisting of denim trousers (usually with a bib and shoulder straps)
    outer garment, overgarment
    a garment worn over other garments
    jammies, pajama, pj's, pyjama
    (usually plural) loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging; have a jacket top and trousers
    peplos, peplum, peplus
    a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist
    pressure suit
    protective garment consisting of an inflatable suit for space or high altitude flying
    a garment (coat or sweater) that has raglan sleeves
    a garment (especially a coat) that can be worn inside out (with either side of the cloth showing)
    any loose flowing garment
    romper, romper suit
    a one-piece garment for children to wear at play; the lower part is shaped like bloomers
    a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
    scapular, scapulary
    garment consisting of a long wide piece of woolen cloth worn over the shoulders with an opening for the head; part of a monastic habit
    a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
    a garment (as a jacket or coat or robe) made of sealskin
    a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
    shin guard, shinpad
    a stiff protective garment worn by hockey players or a catcher in baseball to protect the shins
    a garment worn on the upper half of the body
    shoulder pad
    protective garment consisting of a hard rounded pad worn by football players to protect their shoulders
    the brightly colored garments of a jockey; emblematic of the stable
    a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
    activewear, athletic wear, sportswear
    attire worn for sport or for casual wear
    garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th century
    straightjacket, straitjacket
    a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person
    suit, suit of clothes
    a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color
    a child's garment consisting of a brief top and shorts
    swaddling bands, swaddling clothes
    a garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infant
    jumper, sweater
    a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
    sweat suit, sweats, sweatsuit, workout suit
    garment consisting of sweat pants and a sweatshirt
    bathing costume, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimsuit, swimwear
    tight fitting garment worn for swimming
    thigh pad
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn over the thighs by football players
    throat protector
    protective garment worn by hockey goalkeeper and catcher in baseball
    a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
    headdress consisting of a decorative ribbon or bow worn in the hair
    a garment (or part of a garment) designed for or relating to trousers
    pant, trouser
    (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
    a traditional Muslim headdress consisting of a long scarf wrapped around the head
    undergarment, unmentionable
    a garment worn under other garments
    vest, waistcoat
    a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
    war paint
    full ceremonial regalia
    weeds, widow's weeds
    a black garment (dress) worn by a widow as a sign of mourning
    wet suit
    a close-fitting garment made of a permeable material; worn in cold water (as by skin divers) to retain body heat
    headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women
    heavy-duty clothes for manual or physical work
    a garment (as a dress or coat) with a full length opening; adjusts to the body by wrapping around
    wrist pad
    protective garment consisting of a pad worn by football players
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    consumer goods
    goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  5. noun
    the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment
    “she bought it for everyday wear
    synonyms: wearing
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  6. verb
    have or show an appearance of
    wear one's hair in a certain way”
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  7. verb
    have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality
    “He always wears a smile”
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  8. verb
    last and be usable
    “This dress wore well for almost ten years”
    synonyms: endure, hold out
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    endure, last
    persist for a specified period of time
  9. verb
    deteriorate through use or stress
    “The constant friction wore out the cloth”
    synonyms: wear down, wear off, wear out, wear thin
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    wear away through erosion or vaporization
    get or become scuffed
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    become worse or disintegrate
  10. verb
    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
    “We wore ourselves out on this hike”
    synonyms: fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary
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    freshen, refresh, refreshen
    make fresh again
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    beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up
    wear out completely
    overfatigue, overtire, overweary
    tire excessively
    exhaust physically or emotionally
    exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
    tire out completely
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    cause to feel unwell
  11. verb
    go to pieces
    “The gears wore out”
    synonyms: break, bust, fall apart, wear out
    break, bust
    ruin completely
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    fray, frazzle
    wear away by rubbing
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    crumble, decay, dilapidate
    fall into decay or ruin
  12. noun
    impairment resulting from long use
    “the tires showed uneven wear
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    deterioration, impairment
    a symptom of reduced quality or strength




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