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1 tear /ˈteɚ/ verb
tears; tore /ˈtoɚ/ ; torn /ˈtoɚn/ ; tearing
1 tear
/ˈteɚ/
verb
tears; tore /ˈtoɚ/ ; torn /ˈtoɚn/ ; tearing
Learner's definition of TEAR
always followed by an adverb or preposition : to separate (something) into parts by pulling it, cutting it, etc. : to rip, split, or open (something) quickly or violently
[+ object]
[no object]
: to make (a hole or opening) in a piece of clothing, a piece of paper, etc., usually by cutting it on something sharp
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to make (a hole, a path) in a violent or forceful way
sometimes used figuratively
[+ object] : to cut or injure (skin, a muscle, etc.)
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to remove (something) quickly or violently
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to go or move very quickly
[+ object] : to damage or harm (something, such as a country) very badly usually used as (be) torn
[+ object] : to cause (someone) to feel confused, upset, etc., especially about making a choice or decision often + apart or up
usually used as (be) torn
often + between

tear apart

[phrasal verb]
tear (something) apart or tear apart (something) : to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
often used figuratively
tear (someone or something) apart or tear apart (someone or something) : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way especially by describing weaknesses, flaws, etc.
see also 1tear 1, 7 (above)

tear at

[phrasal verb]
tear at (someone or something)
: to attack and pull pieces from (something) in a violent way
often used figuratively

tear away

[phrasal verb]
tear (someone or something) away
: to cause (someone) to leave or move away from something
see also tearaway

tear down

[phrasal verb]
tear down (something) or tear (something) down
: to completely destroy (something, such as a building or wall)
often used figuratively

tear into

[phrasal verb] informal
tear into (something) : to begin doing (something) in a very quick or forceful way
tear into (someone or something) : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way

tear (someone) limb from limb

see limb

tear (someone) off a strip

see 1strip

tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

: to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way
see also 1tear 1 (above)

tear up

[phrasal verb]
tear up (something) or tear (something) up
: to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces often used figuratively
: to break apart and remove pieces of (something)
chiefly US, informal : to perform very well on or in (something)

tear your hair out

see hair

that's torn it

British, informal
used to say that something is no longer possible
compare 4tear
2 tear /ˈteɚ/ noun
plural tears
2 tear
/ˈteɚ/
noun
plural tears
Learner's definition of TEAR
[count]
: a hole or opening in something (such as a piece of paper or cloth) that is made by cutting it or tearing it

on a tear

US, informal
: having great success over a period of time

wear and tear

see 2wear
compare 3tear
3 tear /ˈtiɚ/ noun
plural tears
3 tear
/ˈtiɚ/
noun
plural tears
Learner's definition of TEAR
[count]
: a drop of liquid that comes from your eyes especially when you cry : teardrop

blink back/away tears

see 1blink

bore you to tears

see 1bore

dissolve in/into tears

see dissolve

end in tears

: to have an ending in which people are crying or unhappy

shed tears

: to cry or weep
see also crocodile tears
4 tear /ˈtiɚ/ verb
tears; teared; tearing
4 tear
/ˈtiɚ/
verb
tears; teared; tearing
Learner's definition of TEAR
[no object]
: to fill with tears often + up
compare 1tear
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