verb (used without object)
Origin of tear1
Definition for tears (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 tears
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
Watching him now being accused of illegal operations will not see them shedding any tears.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in the season finale, I cringed so hard that tears finally came out.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Seeing them, Avdotya could not restrain her tears; they simply spurted from her red and swollen eyes.Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
And then, when she said good-bye to him—the thing came flooding back to him now—there had been tears in her eyes.Scaramouche|Rafael Sabatini
She made desperate efforts to control her grief, and conceal the tears that rolled in quick succession down her pale cheeks.Flora Lyndsay|Susanna Moodie
The tears had quite dried now, yet the mournful thought of the invented dream was still haunting me a little.Childhood|Leo Tolstoy
She missed the good-night kiss from her mamma, and tears rose to her eyes.A Little Florida Lady|Dorothy C. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for tears (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for tears (2 of 3)
Derived Formstearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tears (3 of 3)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived Formstearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Science definitions for tears
Idioms and Phrases with tears (1 of 2)
see bore to death (tears); burst into (tears); crocodile tears. Also see under tear.
Idioms and Phrases with tears (2 of 2)
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.