What is the difference between “wear” and “put on”?

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The phrasal verb to put on is the action of dressing. Is is the action of putting an item of clothing such as a pair of jeans or a t-shirt on your body.
 
After the pair of jeans or the t-shirt have been put on, you are wearing these clothes.
 
To wear is the action of using the clothing for a certain period of time.
 
Here are some examples:

  • “Put on your shoes, we are going to the shop” his father told him.
  • “It’s lashing rain, I’m going to put on my rain coat. You should too” she advised her friend.
  • They put on their jerseys and went to the football match.
  • “What are you going to wear to the meeting tomorrow? I’m going to wear a black suit” his colleague said.
  • Every student has to wear their uniform to school.
  • Most brides wear a white dress on their wedding day and most grooms wear a tuxedo.
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