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Wear, vb. (impf. wore, partic. worn. In Tit. I, 6 Qq ware, Ff wore) 1) trans. a) to carry appendant to the body; as clothes or ornaments, in a proper and metaphorical sense: Ven. 163. Ven. 163 Ven. 163 Ven. 163 Lucr. 680. Lucr. 680 Tp. II, 1, 103. Gent. II, 7, 51. III, 1, 135. V, 2, 6. Meas. I, 2, 173. Err. V, 17. Ado I, 1, 200. II, 1, 196. LLL IV, 3, 48. V, 2, 130. Mids. II, 2, 71. Tw. I, 5, 63. III, 4, 228. H4A IV, 3, 55 (royalty == crown). H6A II, 4, 72. H6B I, 3, 88 “(her worst --ing gown).” H6B I, 3, 88 R3 III, 2, 95. IV, 2, 5. Troil. V, 2, 93. Troil. V, 2, 93 Tit. I, 6. Mcb. IV, 1, 88 etc. “w. their brave state out of memory,” Sonn. 15, 8 (== be forgotten). “they w. themselves in the cap of the time,” All's II, 1, 54 (not quite == are worn, but rather == they place themselves in it, pretend to be the ornaments of society and the leaders of fashion).
Used of weapons (also == to wield, to manage): Wiv. I, 3, 84. Merch. III, 4, 65. Tw. III, 4, 276. H6A I, 3, 78. H6B III, 2, 197. Caes. I, 3, 89. Hml. II, 2, 359. Lr. II, 2, 78. Oth. V, 1, 2. Ant. IV, 14, 79 etc. Figuratively: “great tyranny, . . . w. thou thy wrongs; the title is affeered,” Mcb. IV, 3, 33 (handle them like weapons, perform them fearlessly).
Of parts of the body: the web (i. e. downy beard) it (the skin) “seemed to w.” Compl. 95. if these be true spies (the eyes) “which I w. in my head,” Tp. V, 259. “does he not w. a great round beard,” Wiv. I, 4, 20. “he should have worn the horns on his head,” Mids. V, 244. “w. beards,” Merch. III, 2, 84. V, 158. “--s a precious jewel in his head,” As II, 1, 14. “see thee w. thy heart in a scarf,” V, 2, 23. “his right cheek is worn bare,” All's IV, 5, 103. “where a wasp does w. his sting,” Shr. II, 214. “shall not w. a head on his shoulders,” H6B IV, 7, 127. R3 III, 2, 94. Troil. II, 1, 79. III, 3, 271. Cor. II, 1, 195. IV, 4, 13. V, 3, 38. Mcb. II, 2, 65. Oth. III, 3, 198. Cymb. I, 1, 13. III, 1, 14. III, 5, 14 etc. Hence applied to any external mark or appearance exhibited: “the impression of keen whips I'ld w. as rubies,” Meas. II, 4, 101. w. the print of it (a yoke) Ado I, 1, 203. “he --s his honour in a box unseen,” All's II, 3, 296. “a countenance as clear as friendship --s at feasts,” Wint. I, 2, 344. “w. the detested blot of murderous subornation,” H4A I, 3, 162. “who --s my stripes impressed upon him,” Cor. V, 6, 108. “w. the brows of grace,” Mcb. IV, 3, 23. “they know not how their wits to w.” Lr. I, 4, 183. “he --s the rose of youth upon him,” Ant. III, 13, 20.
b) == to bear, to carry: “w. prayer-books in my pocket,” Merch. II, 2, 201. Especially, in the same manner as to bear (q. v.) == to have, to own, to harbour: “bestowed her on her own lamentation, which she yet --s for his sake,” Meas. III, 1, 238. “he --s his faith but as the fashion of his hat,” Ado I, 1, 75. “let none presume to w. an undeserved dignity,” Merch. II, 9, 40. I will deeply put the fashion (of sorrow) “on and w. it in my heart,” H4B V, 2, 53. “to w. our mortal state to come with her,” H8 II, 4, 228 (to spend the rest of our life with her). “ne'er did poor steward w. a truer grief for his undone lord than mine eyes for you,” Tim. IV, 3, 487. “who w. our health but sickly in his life,” Mcb. III, 1, 107. “I will w. him in my heart's core,” Hml. III, 2, 77. “a slave should w. a sword who --s no honesty,” Lr. II, 2, 79. “I wore my life to spend upon his haters,” Ant. V, 1, 8. “if you could w. a mind dark as your fortune is,” Cymb. III, 4, 146. “knighthoods and honours, borne as I w. mine, are titles but of scorn,” V, 2, 7. “the worth that learned charity aye --s,” Per. V, 3, 94.
Proverbial: “win me and w. me,” Ado V, 1, 82 (== he laughs that wins), originally == win me and have or enjoy me. cf. “I earn that I eat, get that I w.” As III, 2, 78. “thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt w. me, if thou w. me, better and better,” H5 V, 2, 250. “you may w. her in title yours,” Cymb. I, 4, 96. See also Ado II, 1, 342 and Shr. III, 2, 120.
c) to use up, to consume, to waste, to destroy by degrees: “often touching will w. gold,” Err. II, 1, 112. “a withered hermit, fivescore winters worn,” LLL IV, 3, 242. “the morning now is something worn,” Mids. IV, 1, 187 (wasted, spent). “could I repair what she will w. in me,” Shr. III, 2, 120. “infirmity which waits upon worn times,” Wint. V, 1, 142. “much rain --s the marble,” H6C III, 2, 50. “when waterdrops have worn the stones of Troy,” Troil. III, 2, 193. “sharp misery hath worn him to the bones,” Rom. V, 1, 41 (has made him a skeleton). cf. Outwear, War-worn, Wave-worn.
== to weary, to exhaust: “--ing thy hearer in thy mistress' praise,” As II, 4, 38 (later Ff and M. Edd. wearying). “to w. your gentle limbs in my affairs,” All's V, 1, 4. “they are worn so, that we shall hardly in our ages see their banners wave again,” Cor. III, 1, 6.
== to efface from the memory; to forget: “our fancies are . . . sooner lost and worn than women's are,” Tw. II, 4, 35. “this few days' wonder will be quickly worn,” H6B II, 4, 69. cf. below w. out.
With a double accusative denoting an effect: “this exceeding posting must w. your spirits low,” All's V, 1, 2. “whilst some with cunning gild their copper crowns, with truth and plainness I do w. mine bare,” Troil. IV, 4, 108. With adverbs and prepositions: “well-nigh worn to pieces with age,” Wiv. II, 1, 21. “to w. away this long age of three hours,” Mids. V, 33. “age . . . wore us out of act,” All's I, 2, 30. “time hath worn us into slovenry,” H5 IV, 3, 114. “many years . . . not wore him from my remembrance,” Cymb. IV, 4, 23. To w. out == 1) to waste or destroy by degrees: “w. out thy youth with shapeless idleness,” Gent. I, 1, 8. “have worn your eyes almost out in the service,” Meas. I, 2, 113. “she may w. her heart out first,” Ado II, 3, 211. “the fashion --s out more apparel than the man,” III, 3, 149. All's I, 2, 73. H4B V, 1, 89. Cor. III, 2, 18. Rom. II, 4, 66. II, 6, 17. Caes. I, 1, 33. Ant. I, 2, 171. IV, 15, 40. Cymb. II, 3, 48 (O. Edd. w. on't). 2) to spend completely, to come to the end of: “long he questioned with Lucrece and wore out the night,” Lucr. 123. “in the eyes of all posterity that w. this world out to the end of doom,” Sonn. 55, 12. “let not the hours of this ungodly day w. out the day in peace,” John III, 1, 110. R2 IV, 258. “you w. out a forenoon in hearing a cause,” Cor. II, 1, 77. “--s out his time for nought but provender,” Oth. I, 1, 47. “you may not live to w. all your true followers out,” Ant. IV, 14, 133 (to have none left). worn-out == past, gone: “this pattern of the worn-out age,” Lucr. 1350. 3) to efface or lose from the mind, to forget, to give up: “let her w. it out with good counsel,” Ado II, 3, 209. “if you urge me farther . . . I w. out my suit,” H5 V, 2, 132. “their clothes are after such a pa gan cut, that sure they've worn out Christendom,” H8 I, 3, 15. “we'll w. out, in a walled prison, packs and sects of great ones,” Lr. V, 3, 17. “that lady is not now living, or this gentleman's opinion by this worn out,” Cymb. I, 4, 68.
2) intr. a) to be worn, to be the fashion: “like the brooch and the tooth-pick, which w. not now,” All's I, 1, 172.
b) to become fit by wearing (like a garment); with to: “so --s she to him, so sways she level in her husband's heart,” Tw. II, 4, 31.
c) to be wasted: “never let their crimson liveries w.” Ven. 506. “though marble w. with raining,” Lucr. 560. “thy glass will show thee how thy beauties w.” Sonn. 77, 1. “what rocky heart to water will not w.?” Compl. 291. “youth, the more it is wasted the sooner it --s,” H4A II, 4, 443. “how goes the world? It --s as it grows,” Tim. I, 1, 3. With out: “this great world shall so w. out to nought,” Lr. IV, 6, 138.
d) to pass away: “time --s,” Wiv. V, 1, 8. “the morning --s,” Shr. III, 2, 113.
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