Does 'wear' have the same irregular forms for meaning: "to cause to deteriorate by use" as for: "to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance". I mean: do we use 'wear - wore - worn' in both cases

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Yes, all meanings of "wear" share the same irregular forms. There is no meaning of "wear" that has the form *weared, for instance.

If there is a difference, any good dictionary will point this out.

Take the Merriam-Webster entry for "hang" as an example. For most meanings, the past tense is the irregular "hung", but for the meaning of dying or killing someone, it specifies the past form:

transitive verb
1 b : to suspend by the neck until dead —often hanged in the past— often used as a mild oath
// I'll be hanged

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