Wear vs Makeup - What's the difference?

wear | makeup |

As a proper noun wear

is a river in the county of tyne and wear in north east england the city of sunderland is found upon its banks.

As a noun makeup is

(uncountable) an item's composition.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) weren, werien, from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (l), (l) (Scotland)


  • To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.
  • To defend; protect.
  • To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.
  • to wear the wolf from the sheep
  • To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) weren, werien, from (etyl) , (etyl) gwisgo, (etyl) waš- .


  • To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.
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  • *:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=‘It's rather like a beautiful Inverness cloak one has inherited. Much too good to hide away, so one wears it instead of an overcoat and pretends it's an amusing new fashion.’}}
  • To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.
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  • *, chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.
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  • To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.
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  • To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.
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  • (lb) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.
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  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:His stock of money began to wear very low.
  • * (1804-1881)
  • *:The familywore out in the earlier part of the century.
  • To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.  His neverending criticism has finally worn' my patience.  Toil and care soon '''wear''' the spirit.  Our physical advantage allowed us to ' wear the other team out
  • (lb) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.
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  • (in the phrase "wearing on (someone) ") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.
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  • To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Away, I say; time wears .
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Thus wore out night.
  • (lb) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.
  • Derived terms
    * outworn * wear away * wear down * wear off * wear out, worn out, worn-out * wear thin * wear something on one's sleeve, wear one's heart on one's sleeve * wear rose-colored glasses * wearable * wearer * worse for wear
    See also
    * (l) *


  • (uncountable) (in combination ) clothing
  • footwear'''; outdoor '''wear'''; maternity '''wear
  • (uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time
  • * 1895 , H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
  • Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing.
  • (uncountable) fashion
  • * Shakespeare
  • Motley's the only wear .



    Alternative forms



  • (uncountable) An item's composition.
  • To understand how a nuclear reactor works, we must first look at its makeup .
  • (uncountable) Cosmetics; colorants and other substances applied to the skin to improve its appearance.
  • She is wearing a lot of makeup .
  • (Industry) Replacement; material used to make up for the amount that has been used up.
  • * 2005 , William C. Whitman, William M. Johnson, John A. Tomczyk, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology , page 1208:
  • When the water level drops, the float ball drops with it and opens the valve to the makeup water supply.

    Usage notes

    The alternative spelling make-up is favored by the Oxford Dictionary, and thus is often considered to be British, while makeup, being preferred by Merriam Webster's dictionary, is the generally accepted American spelling. In reference with Jean-Claude Corbeil/Ariane Archambault: Visual Dictionary, Look up a Word from a Picture, Find the Picture from a Word. (New York, USA / Oxford, UK, 1987)


    * See also