Definition for tore (2 of 4)
Origin of tore2
Definition for tore (3 of 4)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tear1
Definition for tore (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
Related formstear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountear·er, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for tore
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
[Me and George] met at the Venice Film Festival years ago, and sort of tore the place up.Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love|Marlow Stern|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When his turn arrived Daylyt said nothing, tore off the mask, and rent his clothes, removing his microphone in the process.
Columnist Art Buchwald, then engaged in a long-running feud with Alsop, tore the photos up.
“These vehicles are just twisted and tore up in pieces,” Pennington said.Rescue Efforts Were Delayed Following Deadly Landslide in Washington|Stacey Solie|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The devi filled his mouth, tore off the flesh, and threw the bones to the three brothers.Georgian Folk Tales|Unknown
Henricksen tore his glasses from his eyes, and emerging from the tent, groped on the desk for the weapon he had left there.Under the Chinese Dragon|F. S. Brereton
When I was free I tore a black-maned lion to pieces for prowling round our den.Acrobats and Mountebanks|Hugues Le Roux
The host, with a sudden gesture, tore off his mask and the Burglar accelerated his pace.The Chase of the Golden Plate|Jacques Futrelle
The Duke put his arm around him to support him, but the cuirassiers surged against them and tore them apart.Hero Tales of the Far North|Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for tore (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for tore (2 of 4)
Word Origin for tore
British Dictionary definitions for tore (3 of 4)
Derived Formstearless, adjective
Word Origin for tear
British Dictionary definitions for tore (4 of 4)
verb tears, tearing, tore or torn
Derived Formstearable, adjectivetearer, noun
Word Origin for tear
Science definitions for tore
Idioms and Phrases with tore
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.