wear out


wear out
verb
1. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress (Freq. 2)
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We wore ourselves out on this hike

Syn:
tire, ↑wear upon, ↑tire out, ↑wear, ↑weary, ↑jade, ↑outwear, ↑wear down, ↑fag out, ↑fag, ↑fatigue
Ant: ↑refresh (for: ↑tire)
Derivationally related forms: ↑fatigue (for: ↑fatigue), ↑jade (for: ↑jade), ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑indispose
Hyponyms:
Cause: ↑tire, ↑pall, ↑weary, ↑fatigue, ↑jade
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Sam cannot wear out Sue

2. deteriorate through use or stress (Freq. 1)
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The constant friction wore out the cloth

Syn: ↑wear, ↑wear off, ↑wear down, ↑wear thin
Derivationally related forms: ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑deteriorate
Hyponyms: ↑ablate, ↑scuff
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

3. go to pieces (Freq. 1)
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The lawn mower finally broke

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The gears wore out

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The old chair finally fell apart completely

Syn: ↑break, ↑wear, ↑bust, ↑fall apart
See Also: ↑wear away (for: ↑wear), ↑wear off (for: ↑wear), ↑break away (for: ↑break), ↑break off (for: ↑break), ↑break up (for: ↑break), ↑break apart (for: ↑break)
Derivationally related forms: ↑wear (for: ↑wear), ↑breakable (for: ↑break)
Hypernyms: ↑decay, ↑crumble, ↑dilapidate
Hyponyms: ↑fray, ↑frazzle
Verb Group: ↑break, ↑bust
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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wear out [phrasal verb]
1 wear (someone) out or wear out (someone) : to make (someone) tired

All that work in the yard yesterday really wore me out.

She was worn out [=exhausted] from exercising.

2 wear out or wear (something) out or wear out (something) : to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use or to cause (something) to become thinner, weaker, or no longer useful because of use

The tires wore out after 60,000 miles.

You'll wear out your shoes doing that.

— often used as (be) worn out

The tape is worn out.

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Main Entry:wear

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ˌwear ˈout | ˌwear sthˈout derived
to become, or make sth become, thin or no longer able to be used, usually because it has been used too much

He wore out two pairs of shoes last year.

Main entry:wearderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • wear out — {v.} 1a. To use or wear until useless. * /Bobby got a toy truck that would run on a battery, and he used it so much that he soon wore it out./ * /The stockings are so worn out that they can t be mended any more./ Compare: GIVE OUT(4), USE UP. 1b …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear out — {v.} 1a. To use or wear until useless. * /Bobby got a toy truck that would run on a battery, and he used it so much that he soon wore it out./ * /The stockings are so worn out that they can t be mended any more./ Compare: GIVE OUT(4), USE UP. 1b …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear out — (something) to use something so much that it can no longer be used. Randy s been cooking in a kitchen that s so old, almost everything in it has simply worn out. He wore out a pair of running shoes every three months. Usage notes: sometimes used… …   New idioms dictionary

  • wear out — index consume, deplete, diminish, exhaust (deplete), impair, misemploy, mistreat, spend …   Law dictionary

  • wear out — 1) PHR V ERG When something wears out or when you wear it out, it is used so much that it becomes thin or weak and unable to be used any more. [V P] Every time she consulted her watch, she wondered if the batteries were wearing out... [V n P]… …   English dictionary

  • wear out — phrasal verb Word forms wear out : present tense I/you/we/they wear out he/she/it wears out present participle wearing out past tense wore out past participle worn out 1) [transitive] to make someone feel very tired She was worn out from looking… …   English dictionary

  • wear out — 1) the fabric will eventually wear out Syn: deteriorate, become worn, wear thin, fray, become threadbare, wear through 2) the grandkids wore me out Syn: fatigue, tire out, weary, exhaust, drain, sap …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • wear out — verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. tire, exhaust 2. to make useless especially by long or hard usage 3. erase, efface 4. to endure through ; outlast < wear out a storm > 5. to consume (as time) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wear-out — /wair owt /, n. the act or fact of wearing out; a worn out condition: wear out at the knees of pants. Also, wearout. [1895 1900; n. use of v. phrase wear out] * * * …   Universalium

  • wear-out — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: wear out : depreciation through wear the rapidity of wear out of a piece of machinery …   Useful english dictionary