wear off

wear off
1. deteriorate through use or stress (Freq. 1)

The constant friction wore out the cloth

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

Something ——s


Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

2. diminish, as by friction

Erosion wore away the surface

Syn: ↑wear away
Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Hyponyms: ↑abrade, ↑corrade, ↑abrase, ↑rub down, ↑rub off
Verb Frames:

Something ——s something

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lose effectiveness or intensity

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wear off [phrasal verb]
: to gradually decrease, disappear, or stop

The painkillers wore off [=stopped having an effect; stopped decreasing or removing pain] after a couple of hours.

The shine on the leather will wear off pretty quickly. [=the leather will no longer be shiny after a short time]

After you drive a new car for a while, the novelty wears off. [=it is no longer exciting or new]

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Main Entry:wear

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ˌwear ˈoff derived
to gradually disappear or stop

The effects of the drug will soon wear off.

The novelty of married life was beginning to wear off.

Main entry:wearderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • wear\ off — • 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 off — • wear off • wear away remove or disappear little by little by use, time or weather The name on the front of my passport has worn off from using it too much …   Idioms and examples

  • wear off — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms wear off : present tense I/you/we/they wear off he/she/it wears off present participle wearing off past tense wore off past participle worn off 1) if something such as a pain, an emotion, or a feeling wears… …   English dictionary

  • wear off — verb a) to diminish in effect The effect of the injection will gradually wear off. b) to disappear because of being abraded, over polished, or abused The silver plating on that cheap silverware will wear off …   Wiktionary

  • wear off — phr verb Wear off is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑anaesthetic, ↑effect, ↑enthusiasm, ↑excitement, ↑novelty …   Collocations dictionary

  • wear off — not have as much effect, not affect as much    The effects of the drug began to wear off, and the pain returned …   English idioms

  • wear off — Synonyms and related words: ablate, abrade, be all over, be no more, become extinct, become void, blow over, die, die away, erode, expire, fray, frazzle, fret, go out, have it, have its time, lapse, pass, pass away, rub off, run its course, run… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wear off — PHRASAL VERB If a sensation or feeling wears off, it disappears slowly until it no longer exists or has any effect. [V P] For many the philosophy was merely a fashion, and the novelty soon wore off... [V P] Now that the initial shock was wearing… …   English dictionary

  • wear off — I. (Active.) 1. Obliterate, rub off. 2. Diminish by attrition, rub off. II. (Neuter.) Pass off by degrees or gradually …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wear off — lose effectiveness or intensity. → wear …   English new terms dictionary

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