1 use as clothing
daily, everyday, weekend
summer, winter
with wear

New shoes get more comfortable with wear.

years of wear

This is a quality garment which should give years of wear.

2 clothes
day, evening
designer, fashion
casual, leisure, outdoor, sports (usually sportswear) (= casual clothes) (AmE), street
bridal, maternity
active (AmE), athletic (AmE), sports (usually sportswear) (= clothes for sports) (BrE), workout (AmE)
children's, men's, women's
3 long use
hard, heavy

This flooring can withstand years of hard wear.

with wear

The stairs had become slippery with wear.

centuries, years, etc. of wear

The cathedral steps were polished smooth by centuries of wear.

4 damage caused by long use
brake, engine, tyre/tire, etc.

The cushions were beginning to show wear.

minimize, reduce
wear on

This new oil reduces wear on the pump.

signs of wear, wear and tear
1 have a piece of clothing on

They came in, proudly wearing their uniforms.

tend to

I tend to wear a jacket to work.

prefer to

Hannah preferred to wear her hair short.

choose to, intend to, opt to

I will probably choose to wear jeans.

dare to

the first time that I had ever dared to wear something like this

refuse to

She refused to wear prison clothes.

forget to

He had forgotten to wear his gloves.

forbid sb to
be entitled to

He is entitled to wear the regimental tie.

2 last for a long time
badly, well

Those curtains have worn very well.

Wear is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bride
Wear is used with these nouns as the object: ↑armour, ↑backpack, ↑badge, ↑bandage, ↑bead, ↑beard, ↑boot, ↑bra, ↑brace, ↑brooch, ↑button, ↑camouflage, ↑collar, ↑colour, ↑condom, ↑contact lens, ↑cosmetic, ↑costume, ↑cotton, ↑cross, ↑crown, ↑dentures, ↑diamond, ↑diaper, ↑disguise, ↑earphones, ↑earring, ↑expression, ↑fancy dress, ↑fashion, ↑frown, ↑fur, ↑garment, ↑gear, ↑glasses, ↑goggles, ↑grin, ↑hair, ↑handcuffs, ↑harness, ↑helmet, ↑hole, ↑jersey, ↑jewel, ↑jewellery, ↑leather, ↑lipstick, ↑logo, ↑look, ↑make-up, ↑mascara, ↑mask, ↑microphone, ↑mourning, ↑moustache, ↑nail polish, ↑nappy, ↑outfit, ↑panties, ↑pantyhose, ↑patch, ↑perfume, ↑pin, ↑rag, ↑ribbon, ↑ring, ↑robe, ↑rucksack, ↑scowl, ↑seat belt, ↑sign, ↑silk, ↑size, ↑smile, ↑smirk, ↑spectacles, ↑sunglasses, ↑sword, ↑tie, ↑veil, ↑watch, ↑wig, ↑wreath

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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