verb (used without object)
Origin of tear1
Definition for tear (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), tore or (Archaic) tare, torn or (Archaic) tare, tear·ing.
verb (used without object), tore or (Archaic) tare, torn or (Archaic) tare, tear·ing.
- to pluck violently at; attempt to tear: She tore at the bandages until they loosened.
- to distress; afflict: remorse that tears at one's soul.
- to pull down; destroy; demolish.
- to disparage or discredit: to tear down one's friends behind their backs.
- to attack impulsively and heedlessly: He tore into the food with a will.
- to attack verbally: She tore into him for being late for dinner.
- to tear into small shreds: He tore up the drawings because she had criticized them.
- to cancel or annul: to tear up a contract.
Origin of tear2
Related formstear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountear·er, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for tear
Sam watches her fall apart, tear herself apart and is desperate.
And then he went on a tear in early 2013, creating one provocation after another, seemingly every day for more than two months.
As Kate was driven away, she appeared to wipe a tear from her eye.Tearful Kate Weeps After Meeting Mother Whose Baby Died|Tom Sykes|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many of those gathering in the run-up to the grand jury decision wore hockey and tear gas masks to conceal their identity.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America|Ron Christie|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another factor was that Hungary had already become the first East European Communist country to tear down their wall.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The thirteen-year-old brow is puckered with anguish, the child-face pale with dread, tear after tear falls from the innocent eyes.Stories and Pictures|Isaac Loeb Peretz
What does well enough on the target at home is often quite a failure in the wear and tear of the African wilderness.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.|J.G. Millais
Her fingers clutched at the neck of her dress, as if to tear it open, and so relieve the swelling of her throat.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
But this was more the result of worry than of physical wear and tear.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
In threatening to tear the mote from his eye, what about a certain obstruction in mine?The Chauffeur and the Chaperon|C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for tear (1 of 2)
Derived Formstearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tear (2 of 2)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived Formstearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Science definitions for tear
Idioms and Phrases with tear
In addition to the idioms beginning with tear
- tear apart
- tear around
- tear at
- tear away
- tear down
- tear into
- tear it
- tear off
- tear one's hair
- rip (tear) into
- wear and tear
Also see undertearstorn.