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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wear, v. t. [imp. Wore p. p. Worn p. pr. & vb. n. Wearing. Before the 15th century wear was a weak verb, the imp. & p. p. being Weared.]
 1. To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle.
    What compass will you wear your farthingale?   --Shak.
 On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
 Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore.   --Pope.
 2. To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.  “He wears the rose of youth upon him.”
 His innocent gestures wear
 A meaning half divine.   --Keble.
 3. To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly.
 4. To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.
    That wicked wight his days doth wear.   --Spenser.
    The waters wear the stones.   --Job xiv. 19.
 5. To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.
 6. To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.
    Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us.   --Locke.
 To wear away, to consume; to impair, diminish, or destroy, by gradual attrition or decay.
 To wear off, to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.
 To wear on or To wear upon, to wear. [Obs.] “[I] weared upon my gay scarlet gites [gowns.]” --Chaucer.
 To wear out. (a) To consume, or render useless, by attrition or decay; as, to wear out a coat or a book. (b) To consume tediously. To wear out miserable days.” --Milton. (c) To harass; to tire. “[He] shall wear out the saints of the Most High.” --Dan vii. 25. (d) To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service.
 To wear the breeches. See under Breeches. [Colloq.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wear, v. i.
 1. To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; -- hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance.
 2. To be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually.  “Thus wore out night.”
    Away, I say; time wears.   --Shak.
    Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this people that is with thee.   --Ex. xviii. 18.
    His stock of money began to wear very low.   --Sir W. Scott.
    The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the century.   --Beaconsfield.
 To wear off, to pass away by degrees; as, the follies of youth wear off with age.
 To wear on, to pass on; as, time wears on. --G. Eliot.
 To wear weary, to become weary, as by wear, long occupation, tedious employment, etc.