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            tear

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            1 tear /?te?/ verb
            tears; tore /?to?/ ; torn /?to?n/ ; tearing
            1 tear
            /?te?/
            verb
            tears; tore /?to?/ ; torn /?to?n/ ; tearing
            Learner's definition of TEAR
            always followed by an adverb or preposition : to separate (something) into parts by pulling it, cutting it, etc. : to rip, split, or open (something) quickly or violently
            [+ object]
            [no object]
            : to make (a hole or opening) in a piece of clothing, a piece of paper, etc., usually by cutting it on something sharp
            [+ object]
            [no object]
            [+ object] : to make (a hole, a path) in a violent or forceful way
            sometimes used figuratively
            [+ object] : to cut or injure (skin, a muscle, etc.)
            always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to remove (something) quickly or violently
            always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to go or move very quickly
            [+ object] : to damage or harm (something, such as a country) very badly usually used as (be) torn
            [+ object] : to cause (someone) to feel confused, upset, etc., especially about making a choice or decision often + apart or up
            usually used as (be) torn
            often + between

            tear apart

            [phrasal verb]
            tear (something) apart or tear apart (something) : to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
            often used figuratively
            tear (someone or something) apart or tear apart (someone or something) : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way especially by describing weaknesses, flaws, etc.
            see also 1tear 1, 7 (above)

            tear at

            [phrasal verb]
            tear at (someone or something)
            : to attack and pull pieces from (something) in a violent way
            often used figuratively

            tear away

            [phrasal verb]
            tear (someone or something) away
            : to cause (someone) to leave or move away from something
            see also tearaway

            tear down

            [phrasal verb]
            tear down (something) or tear (something) down
            : to completely destroy (something, such as a building or wall)
            often used figuratively

            tear into

            [phrasal verb] informal
            tear into (something) : to begin doing (something) in a very quick or forceful way
            tear into (someone or something) : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way

            tear (someone) limb from limb

            see limb

            tear (someone) off a strip

            see 1strip

            tear (someone or something) to pieces/shreds

            : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh or angry way
            see also 1tear 1 (above)

            tear up

            [phrasal verb]
            tear up (something) or tear (something) up
            : to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces often used figuratively
            : to break apart and remove pieces of (something)
            chiefly US, informal : to perform very well on or in (something)

            tear your hair out

            see hair

            that's torn it

            British, informal
            used to say that something is no longer possible
            compare 4tear
            2 tear /?te?/ noun
            plural tears
            2 tear
            /?te?/
            noun
            plural tears
            Learner's definition of TEAR
            [count]
            : a hole or opening in something (such as a piece of paper or cloth) that is made by cutting it or tearing it

            on a tear

            US, informal
            : having great success over a period of time

            wear and tear

            see 2wear
            compare 3tear
            3 tear /?ti?/ noun
            plural tears
            3 tear
            /?ti?/
            noun
            plural tears
            Learner's definition of TEAR
            [count]
            : a drop of liquid that comes from your eyes especially when you cry : teardrop

            blink back/away tears

            see 1blink

            bore you to tears

            see 1bore

            dissolve in/into tears

            see dissolve

            end in tears

            : to have an ending in which people are crying or unhappy

            shed tears

            : to cry or weep
            see also crocodile tears
            4 tear /?ti?/ verb
            tears; teared; tearing
            4 tear
            /?ti?/
            verb
            tears; teared; tearing
            Learner's definition of TEAR
            [no object]
            : to fill with tears often + up
            compare 1tear
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