- The definition of tore is having ripped something or separated it into two pieces.
An example of tore is what someone did to a page in a magazine they wanted to keep.
- Tore is defined as having moved very quickly.
An example of tore is what happened when the cat ran through the house at midnight.
This man just tore through a paper.
tore definition by Webster's New World
tore definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Latin torus.
Variant of tear
- to pull apart or separate into pieces by force; rip or rend (cloth, paper, etc.)
- to make or cause by tearing or puncturing: to tear a hole in a dress
- to wound by tearing; lacerate: skin torn and bruised
- to force apart or divide into factions; disrupt; split: ranks torn by dissension
- to divide with doubt, uncertainty, etc.; agitate; torment: a mind torn between duty and desire
- to remove by or as by tearing, pulling, etc.: with up, out, away, off, etc.: to tear a plant up by its roots, to tear oneself away
Origin: Middle English teren ; from Old English teran, to rend, akin to German zehren, to destroy, consume ; from Indo-European base an unverified form der-, to skin, split from source drab, derma
- to be torn
- to move violently or with speed; dash
- the act of tearing
- the result of a tearing; torn place; rent
- a rushing pace; great hurry
- wear and tear
- ☆ Slang a carousal; spree
- tearer noun