The next word in our vocabulary boost series is WEAR. WEAR is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of dress, put on, use and tire. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using WEAR.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Wear a helmet/mask/suit (etc)

Wear your best – formal clothes

Wear with pride – happy show off something

Wear the same as – wear similar clothes to

Wear your seatbelt – put on your seat belt

Wear a hole in – break something

Wear something well – to suit someone well

Wear thin = My patience is wearing thin – to run out of patience

Ready to wear – can be worn immediately


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Wear out – to exhaust

I have worn out the kids at the park.

Wear down – to gradually corrode

The tires on the car have worn down to nothing

Wear away – to waste away

The cliffs of Dover are wearing away because of the sea

Wear off – lose the effects of

He needs to have a coffee so that the alcohol can wear off

Wear out – to overuse

I have worn my computer out and now it doesn´t work



To learn how to use WEAR you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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  • Gema Rodríguez Villegas

    Thank you so much!

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