Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To waste the strength of; as, an old man worn out in military service.

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Examples

  • I broke it to him as gently as I could that it would have to wear out or be cut out, and tried to make him see that it was better to be a bald-headed boss on a large salary than a curly-headed clerk on a small one; but, in the end, he resigned, taking along a letter from me to the friend who had recommended him and some of my good bone-meal.

    Old Gorgon Graham

  • Fleda managed successfully to place the two Evelyns between her and Mr. Thorn, and then prepared herself to wear out the evening with patience.

    Queechy

  • And if our stubbornness and folly be such as to be ready to wear out his patience, -- to make him weary, as he complains, Isa.xliii. 24, and to cause him to serve beyond the limits of his patience, -- he will be exalted, take to himself his great power for the removal of our stubbornness, that he may be merciful unto us.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • When Mr. Odo Russell called on Cavour in December 1858, he remarked that Austria had only to play a waiting game to wear out the financial resources of Piedmont, while, on the other hand, Piedmont would forfeit the sympathies of Europe if it precipitated matters by a declaration of war.

    Cavour

  • It’s theorized that by constantly stimulating insulin release with sugary and high-glycemic-index foods, the pancreas, which produces insulin, starts to wear out and type 2 diabetes ensues.

    The Life You Want

  • The business of the day was arranged, Barby's course made clear, Hugh visited and smiled upon; and then Fleda set herself down in the breakfast-room to wear out the rest of the day in patient suffering.

    Queechy

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