- wear away
- verb1. cut away in small pieces• Hypernyms: ↑damage• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Something ——s something2. diminish, as by friction-
Erosion wore away the surface• Syn: ↑wear off• Verb Frames:-
Something ——s something3. become ground down or deteriorate-
Her confidence eroded• Verb Frames:-
* * *wear away1. To impair or consume, or be reduced or impaired, by wear2. To decay or fade out3. To pass off• • •Main Entry: ↑wear
* * *ˌwear a ˈway [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they wear away he/she/it wears away present participle wearing away past tense wore away past participle worn away] phrasal verbto disappear, or to make something disappear, because it has been used or rubbed a lot
The inscription on the ring had almost worn away.
The grass has been worn away by cars.Thesaurus: to make something disappear or stop existingsynonym to disappear, or to stop existing or happeningsynonym to kill a person or animalsynonymMain entry: wear
* * *wear away [phrasal verb]wear away or wear (something) away or wear away (something) : to gradually disappear or to cause (something) to gradually disappear or become thinner, smaller, etc., because of use
The paint on the sign had worn away.— often used as (be) worn away
The table's finish was worn away.• • •Main Entry: ↑wear
* * *ˌwear aˈway | ˌwear sthaˈway derivedto become, or make sth become, gradually thinner or smoother by continuously using or rubbing it
The inscription on the coin had worn away.
The steps had been worn away by the feet of thousands of pilgrims.Main entry: ↑wearderived
Useful english dictionary. 2012.