Basic+ Word of the Day: wear

wear (verb, noun) past tense: wore LISTEN

Should I wear this dress today?

If you wear clothes or jewelry, it means that you have them on your body.

  • It's sunny today so I'm wearing shorts.

We can also use the word wear to talk about types of clothes–for example travel wear is clothes for traveling.

  • I work for a company that makes sportswear.

Common uses

When something makes us very tired, we often say that it wears us out. For example, “That long walk this morning really wore me out.” You can also wear something out if you use it until it breaks. For example, “I wore my tennis shoes out. Now I need to buy new ones.”

Additional information

Watch this video about five different ways to wear one scarf:

There are other meanings of wear.

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