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.
From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian ("to clothe, cover over; put on, wear, use; stock (land)"), from Proto-West Germanic *waʀjan, from Proto-Germanic *wazjaną ("to clothe"), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- ("to dress, put on (clothes)").
Cognate to Sanskrit वस्ते, Ancient Greek ἕννυμι ("put on"), Latin vestis ("garment") (English vest), Albanian vesh ("dress up, wear"), Tocharian B wäs-, Old Armenian զգենում, Welsh gwisgo, Hittite 𒉿𒀸-.
From Middle English weren, werien, from Old English werian ("to guard, keep, defend; ward off, hinder, prevent, forbid; restrain; occupy, inhabit; dam up; discharge obligations on (land)"), from Proto-West Germanic *warjan, from Proto-Germanic *warjaną ("to defend, protect, ward off"), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- ("to close, cover, protect, save, defend").
Cognate with Scots wer, weir, Dutch weren ("to aver, ward off"), German wehren ("to fight"), Swedish värja ("to defend, ward off"), Icelandic verja ("to defend").
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