wear down

wear down
verb
1. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress (Freq. 1)
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We wore ourselves out on this hike

Syn:
tire, ↑wear upon, ↑tire out, ↑wear, ↑weary, ↑jade, ↑wear out, ↑outwear, ↑fag out, ↑fag, ↑fatigue
Ant: ↑refresh (for: ↑tire)
Derivationally related forms: ↑fatigue (for: ↑fatigue), ↑jade (for: ↑jade), ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑indispose
Hyponyms:
Cause: ↑tire, ↑pall, ↑weary, ↑fatigue, ↑jade
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Sam cannot wear down Sue

2. deteriorate through use or stress
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The constant friction wore out the cloth

Syn: ↑wear, ↑wear off, ↑wear out, ↑wear thin
Derivationally related forms: ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑deteriorate
Hyponyms: ↑ablate, ↑scuff
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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wear down [phrasal verb]
wear (someone) down or wear down (someone)
1 : to make (someone) tired or weak

The pressure at home and at work was wearing her down.

2 : to convince (someone) to do what you want by trying again and again

She pleaded until she had worn her parents down and they agreed to let her go to the party.

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Main Entry:wear

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ˌwear ˈdown | ˌwear sthˈdown derived
to become, or make sth become, gradually smaller or smoother by continuously using or rubbing it

Notice how the tread on this tyre has worn down.

Main entry:wearderived

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  • wear down — [wear off] or[wear away] {v.} 1. To remove or disappear little by little through use, time, or the action of weather. * /Time and weather have worn off the name on the gravestone./ * /The eraser has worn off my pencil./ * /The grass has worn away …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear down — [wear off] or[wear away] {v.} 1. To remove or disappear little by little through use, time, or the action of weather. * /Time and weather have worn off the name on the gravestone./ * /The eraser has worn off my pencil./ * /The grass has worn away …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear\ down — • wear down • wear off • wear away v 1. To remove or disappear little by little through use, time, or the action of weather. Time and weather have worn off the name on the gravestone. The eraser has worn off my pencil. The grass has worn away… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wear down — index diminish, erode, harass, prevail (persuade), tax (overwork) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • wear down — 1) PHR V ERG If you wear something down or if it wears down, it becomes flatter or smoother as a result of constantly rubbing against something else. [V P n (not pron)] Pipe smokers sometimes wear down the tips of their teeth where they grip… …   English dictionary

  • wear down — phrasal verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms wear down : present tense I/you/we/they wear down he/she/it wears down present participle wearing down past tense wore down past participle worn down 1) to make someone gradually lose their… …   English dictionary

  • wear down — phr verb Wear down is used with these nouns as the object: ↑opposition …   Collocations dictionary

  • wear down — become dull or weak, use until worn    Confinement in a prison began to wear down his spirit …   English idioms

  • wear down by friction — index erode Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wear down — Synonyms and related words: ablate, abrade, affect, argue into, beat, bend, bias, bring over, bring round, bring to reason, burn out, captivate, charm, color, con, convince, debilitate, dispose, do in, do up, drain, draw over, enervate, erode,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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