August 29, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
wear out /ˈweɚ ˈaʊt/ phrasal verb
wear out
/ˈweɚ ˈaʊt/
phrasal verb

wears out; wore out; worn out; wearing out

Tire with worn out treads
Tire with worn out treads
Learner's definition of WEAR OUT

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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