- To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
- The eight hour shift in the mine began to wear Tim down after a few months.
- To eventually persuade or defeat (someone) through persistent effort.
- At first she refused to buy the kids sweets, but eventually they wore her down.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see wear, down.
- See also Thesaurus:fatigue
to cause physical or mental fatigue