verb (used without object)
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Idioms for tear
Origin of tear1
Words nearby tear
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.
SYNONYMS FOR tear
Origin of tear2
synonym study for tear
OTHER WORDS FROM teartear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountearer, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for tear
The recent tech stock tear has increased the wealth of Bezos, the richest man in the world, to $205 billion, making him the first person in history to be worth more than $200 billion.MacKenzie Scott is now the wealthiest woman in the world|ehinchliffe|September 2, 2020|Fortune
The anti-fray design means you won’t have to deal with all the wear and tear that comes with regular use.
Laugh at “Like Crazy” and don’t be surprised if there’s a tear or two.
Then with my wife almost in tears, he threatened her with jail if she refused to sign.
Tech shares have been on a tear this year as the Covid-19 pandemic drove more people online, lifting the fortunes of the companies’ founders and putting the industry under increased scrutiny.Elon Musk adds another $8 billion to become world’s fourth-richest person|Verne Kopytoff|August 18, 2020|Fortune
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
In other news, black and white pin-up shots are now officially less valuable than life-size Tiger Beat tear outs.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep|Amy Zimmerman|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Louis turned at the exclamation, and looked on the faithful servant; but no tear was in his eye, no sound on his lip.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
By what word is the relation between “pendulum” and “a smile and tear” described?
In the tear-stained story of humanity there has never been aught to surpass the thrilling record of Cawnpore.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
In a short time you will be able, in the language of Dr. Johnson, “to tear out the heart of any book.”
The horizon, however, was lowering and hazy, and the sun had not force enough to tear the murky veil asunder.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for tear (1 of 2)
Derived forms of teartearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tear (2 of 2)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived forms of teartearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Medical definitions for tear (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for tear (2 of 2)
Scientific 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.