The phrases grow wary and grow weary have different meanings because the adjective wary and weary are different words but because of their similar spellings, people often confuse them. The phrase grow weary is much more common.
To grow weary = to become tired or sick of something
- After two hours of studying, the students began to grow weary.
- Mike has grown weary of living in his hometown. He wants to move.
- You'll probably grow weary of studying English in twenty minutes.
In short, it means to become tired of something.
To grow wary = to become cautious, careful or alert about something that you think might be dangerous or a problem. (Hint: to beware = to be wary)
The word wary, an adjective, is more commonly used with the BE verb. For example:
- I told my daughter to be wary of strangers. ( = to be cautious/careful around them)
- I was wary of upsetting Michelle. I knew she was having a bad day and I didn't want to make it worse. ( = again, I was cautious/careful.)
- Be wary of anyone asking for your credit card information over the telephone. ( = be cautious/careful)
The phrase grow wary is not so common, but it would mean to become wary. Here are some potential examples:
- I grew wary of Lee after I found out that he had committed several crimes in his past.
- Charlotte has grown wary of eating fish when she's travelling because she has gotten food poisoning twice.
- People are growing wary of sharing their personal data with companies because sometimes this information is shared with other organizations without their permission.
In both of these phrases, the verb grow means to become.
Hints: If you ever forget the difference between these two words, just remember the word beware which means 'to be wary'. Also, the word weary rhymes with dreary, which both describe something you would be tired (or weary) of.
Note 2: Grow leery is a related phrase, and it means the same as grow wary. Both mean to become cautious or careful around something that might be problematic or dangerous.
Do you think you understand? Try this simple quiz on the differences between grow wary and grow weary.
Quiz: Grow Weary or Grow Wary
- Joanne and Mike of washing the dishes, so they decided to buy a dishwasher.
- Some people are of donating to charities because sometimes the money isn't used efficiently.
- Investors are of the risks of investing in companies in economically unstable regions.
- After only a few hours, the child of his new toys and told his parents that he was bored.
1. grew weary 2. wary 3. growing wary 4. grew weary
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“The phrase grow wary is not so common, but it would mean to become wary. Here are some potential examples:
People are growing weary of sharing their personal data with companies because sometimes this information is shared with other organizations without their permission.”
I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A TYPO HERE, it looks like the word should be WARY not weary. Thanks.
Good eye! Thanks!
I’ve become weary of being wary. Fits the times.
Leering mixes with what I’m hearing… Sounds about right.
I’m not on display for you but, it’s not what I’m told.
I’ve become tired of changing tires to fit your road!
I keep rolling as in the end, a re-tread for a less price!
Roll me once to fit your Role. A Sole will meet your Soul!
I’m at Peace with the Piece of our Peace. Because we fall apart.
They push us into a Hole and still, we remain Whole to save it all.
Bearing the burden to take on the Bear is not the task.
Towns, Bare of citizens is unbearable. Bearable…
We Tow the line to in order to save your Toe
And become raw Meat in the moment we Meet.
You freak and fester the moment we Break only to…
Hate the us when we put on the Brake!
These are the Breaks!
Through our common history we have come through.
After you Threw us against the wall, we came back.
Never to seek a Compliment but to Complement.
Let’s not Party to a Party but love the parting to Party…hard!
(The Complement – LAO)