Tear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ter|  American pronunciation of the word tear
Brit.  |ˈtɪə|  British pronunciation of the word tear
irregular verb:  p.t. — tore  p.p. — torn


- a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands(syn: teardrop)
- an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart (syn: rent, rip, snag, split)
- an occasion for excessive eating or drinking (syn: binge, bout, bust)
- the act of tearing


- separate or cause to separate abruptly(syn: bust, rupture, snap)
- to separate or be separated by force
- move quickly and violently (syn: buck, charge, shoot)
- strip of feathers (syn: deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull)
- fill with tears or shed tears


That dog has torn up my newspaper again.

If you tear the paper into four pieces, we can each have something to write on.

Offended at being offered payment, he tore the cheque across and sent it back.

The telephone wires have been torn out, so we can't call the police.

Tear your thoughts away from the scene, leave the text itself.

Her grief tore at his heart.

He was torn with doubts.

The bullet tore through his leg.

She tore into him for being late for dinner.

They tore into their food.

Her nails tore into his back.

She got into a pretty tear.

The children were all in tears.

She came home in floods of tears.

I could see that Sam was close to tears.

Phrasal verbs

tear away  — remove by pulling or ripping violently and forcefully
tear down  — tear down so as to make flat with the ground
tear out  — remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
tear up  — tear into shreds

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tear
he/she/it: tears
present participle: tearing
past tense: tore
past participle: torn
singular: tear
plural: tears
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