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Words nearby tearing
Definition for tearing (2 of 4)
OTHER WORDS FROM tearingtear·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for tearing (3 of 4)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tear1
Definition for tearing (4 of 4)
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
synonym study for tear
OTHER WORDS FROM teartear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountear·er, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for tearing
The new House report is tearing apart dozens of GOP claims about the 2012 attack.Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories|Ben Jacobs|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let me tell you, I felt like Tiger Woods tearing up Augusta that one year long ago.Forget Bipartisan Golf, Obama, and Play Against Me|Michael Tomasky|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I looked in the window of so many station wagons,” says Peggy, tearing up.
“Sometimes I feel like tearing out my hair,” Kellie Frost said.
This practice, immigration advocates say, is tearing families apart.
Carl had to go to the very top of the pole, and then had some difficulty in tearing her from her hold.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
He fancied that she was writhing on her seat, that she was tearing her handkerchief with her hands.The Castle Inn|Stanley John Weyman
You should have seen the dogs, too—tearing round and round the lawn in circles—poor things!The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
I shouldn't have married in such a tearing hurry if he hadn't been going to the front.The Vanity Girl|Compton Mackenzie
All crowded into the doorway and looked and listened, intense anxiety, despite themselves, tearing at their hearts.The Keepers of the Trail|Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for tearing (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for tearing (2 of 3)
Derived forms of teartearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tearing (3 of 3)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived forms of teartearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Medical definitions for tearing
Scientific definitions for tearing
Idioms and Phrases with tearing
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.