wear away

verb
1. cut away in small pieces
Syn: ↑whittle away, ↑whittle down
Hypernyms: ↑damage
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. diminish, as by friction
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Erosion wore away the surface

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

3. become ground down or deteriorate
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Her confidence eroded

Syn: ↑erode, ↑gnaw, ↑gnaw at, ↑eat at
Derivationally related forms: ↑wearing away, ↑erosive (for: ↑erode), ↑erosion (for: ↑erode)
Hypernyms: ↑decay, ↑crumble, ↑dilapidate
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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wear away
1. To impair or consume, or be reduced or impaired, by wear
2. To decay or fade out
3. To pass off
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Main Entry:wear

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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 verb
to 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 animalsynonym
Main entry: wear

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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.

Even a trickle of water will eventually wear rock away.

— often used as (be) worn away

The table's finish was worn away.

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Main Entry:wear

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ˌwear aˈway | ˌwear sthaˈway derived
to 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.

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  • wear\ away — • 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 away — • 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 away — index consume, decay, degenerate, diminish, erode, expire, languish, lessen, spend …   Law dictionary

  • wear away — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms wear away : 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 to disappear, or to make something disappear,… …   English dictionary

  • wear away — Synonyms and related words: abate, ablate, abrade, abrase, absorb, abstract, assimilate, atomize, bark, bate, be all over, be consumed, be eaten away, be gone, be no more, become extinct, become void, bite, bleed white, blow over, break, break up …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wear away — PHR V ERG If you wear something away or if it wears away, it becomes thin and eventually disappears because it is used a lot or rubbed a lot. [V P n (not pron)] It had a saddle with springs sticking out, which wore away the seat of my pants... [V …   English dictionary

  • wear away — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction: bite, corrode, eat, erode, gnaw, wear. See ATTACK. II verb See wear …   English dictionary for students

  • wear away — See: WEAR DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear away — See: WEAR DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear away —    obsolete    to die a lingering death    Usually from the consumption or pulmonary tuberculosis:     Sickened. Took the bed, an wear awa . (Grant, 1884) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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