I would like to know the difference between wear, put on, dress,
and dressed in.
When you wear your clothes, shoes or jewellery you have
them on your body:
She was wearing a beautiful diamond necklace with
You can also wear your hair in a particular way:
David Beckham used to wear his hair short, but now
he is wearing it long.
There is another meaning to wear. If something wears,
it becomes thinner or weaker because it is used frequently over
a long period of time. We also have the expression to wear thin
and the phrasal verb towear out. People can also
feel worn out. If something wears you out,
it makes you feel extremely tired. Compare the following usages:
This carpet is beginning to wear. We shall soon have
to replace it.
He is such an annoying person. My patience is wearing
If you didn't play football every day, your shoes wouldn't
wear out so quickly.
Don't rush around so much. You'll wear yourself out.
I've spent all day shopping and I feel quite worn out.
When you put clothes on you place them on your body
in order to wear them. And when you have finished wearing them,
you take them off. We also put on weight, the opposite
of which is to lose weight. Compare the following (additional)
usages of put on:
Take that shirt off and put on a new one. You
can't go out in such an old shirt.
The amateur dramatic company put on a new show, but
had to take it off after three days as nobody came.
The casserole is in the oven. Put the potatoeson
now and put the rice on in five minutes.
I thought I was going to put some weight onon
holiday, but I lost half a kilo as I swam every day.
Why don't you put that new CD on so that I have some
music while I'm ironing?
When you dress, you put clothes on. You can also
dress children, dress a wound by cleaning it and covering
it and dress a salad by putting oil and vinegar on it. If
you dress up, you put on different clothes to make yourself
look smarter, if you dress down, you put on clothes that
are less smart than usual. We often speak of getting dressed
as a colloquial alternative to dress. Compare the following
You'd better getdressed now. Henry will be
here in ten minutes.
She came in covered in mud. So I bathed her and dressed
her in new clothes.
I must dress now for the party. Have you dressed
the salad yet?
I think it's better not to dress that wound. We'll
just leave it so that the air can get to it.
It is customary now to dress down in certain offices
in the city on Fridays. There is no need to wear a suit.
I just love dressing up and Edward's having an Edwardian
party on Saturday.
If you dress or aredressed in a particular
way, you wear clothes, usually for a particular purpose:
She was dressed in a multi-layered organdie gown with
a duchess satin opera coat for the open-air production of Don
Giovanni. Her chaperone was wearing a white dinner jacket.
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