Upset or make distraught, as in The parents' divorce tore apart the grandparents. [Second half of 1800s]
Criticize severely, as in The professor tore her paper apart. [Mid-1900s]
Search some place completely, as in The police tore the house apart. [Second half of 1900s]
Separate, especially unwillingly, as in The war tore many families apart.
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How to use tear apart in a sentence
The man, Joshua Kemp, told what police describe as “a bogus story that quickly fell apart.”
Apart from the video, the Saraya Al-Khorasani group has made no official declaration that it is linked to Taghavi.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Days away from her dream being fulfilled, it all fell apart.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The carpeting is worn, the furniture is falling apart, and the electricity is out for most of the day.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.
Moreover, most of the burrows were only a few feet apart and no agonistic behavior was witnessed.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
Not a few of these are extremely beautiful, and are well worth growing on this account, quite apart from their peculiarity.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
He went himself to the kitchen, which was a building apart from the cottages and lying to the rear of the house.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
All Koreans pay great honour to their dead parents, and tablets to their memory are placed in some room set apart for the purpose.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
It has a training value entirely apart from its practical value in that case.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)