tear

When you tear something, you rip it apart. You might tear a hole in your jeans if you catch them on something sharp, or you might tear up that love letter you wrote to your crush.

The verb tear often refers to pulling something apart or making a hole — and has a noun form that describes the result of those actions — but it can also describe quick movement. If you tear out of the parking lot, you’re driving very fast. When you use tear in these ways, pronounce it to rhyme with hair. Another word, tear — what you do or produce when you cry — is spelled the same but pronounced to rhyme with peer.

Primary Meanings of tear

1.
vn
separate or cause to separate abruptly
an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
2.
nv
a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
fill with tears or shed tears
Full Definitions of tear
1

v separate or cause to separate abruptly

tear the paper”
Synonyms:
bust, rupture, snap
Types:
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lacerate
cut or tear irregularly
pull, rend, rent, rip, rive
tear or be torn violently
rip up, shred, tear up
tear into shreds
tease
tear into pieces
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v strip of feathers

Synonyms:
deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull
Type of:
strip
remove the surface from

v separate or be separated by force

“planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars”
Types:
cleave, rive, split
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
maul
split (wood) with a maul and wedges
laminate
split (wood) into thin sheets
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v move quickly and violently

“The car tore down the street”
Synonyms:
buck, charge, shoot, shoot down
dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
run or move very quickly or hastily
Types:
rip
move precipitously or violently
Type of:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
move fast

n an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

Synonyms:
rent, rip, snag, split
Type of:
gap, opening
an open or empty space in or between things

n the act of tearing

“he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear
Types:
laceration
the act of lacerating
rent, rip, split
the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
Type of:
separation
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

Synonyms:
binge, bout, bust
Types:
piss-up
vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
Type of:
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking
2

n a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands

“his story brought tears to her eyes”
Synonyms:
teardrop
Type of:
drib, driblet, drop
a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

v fill with tears or shed tears

“Her eyes were tearing
Type of:
cry, weep
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

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