(third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past tore, past participle torn)
- To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
- He tore his coat on the nail.
- To injure as if by pulling apart.
- He has a torn ligament.
- He tore some muscles in a weight-lifting accident.
- To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.
- He was torn by conflicting emotions.
- To make (an opening) with force or energy.
- A piece of debris tore a tiny straight channel through the satellite.
- His boss will tear him a new one when he finds out.
- The artillery tore a gap in the line.
- (often with off or out) To remove by tearing.
- Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.
- (of structures, with down) To demolish
- The slums were torn down to make way for the new development.
- (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
- My dress has torn.
- (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
- He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.
- The tornado lingered, tearing through town, leaving nothing upright.
- He tore into the backlog of complaints.
- (intransitive) To smash or enter something with great force.
- The chain shot tore into the approaching line of infantry.
From Middle English teren, from Old English teran (“to tear, lacerate"), from Proto-Germanic *teranÄ… (“to tear, tear apart, rip"), from Proto-Indo-European *derÇ- (“to tear, tear apart"). Cognate with Scots tere, teir, tair (“to rend, lacerate, wound, rip, tear out"), Dutch teren (“to eliminate, efface, live, survive by consumption"), German zehren (“to consume, misuse"), German zerren (“to tug, rip, tear"), Danish tÃ¦re (“to consume"), Swedish tÃ¤ra (“to fret, consume, deplete, use up"), Icelandic tÃ¦ra (“to clear, corrode"). Outside Germanic, cognate to Ancient Greek Î´ÎÏÏ‰ (derÅ, “to skin"), Albanian ther (“to slay, skin, pierce").
(third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past and past participle teared)
- (intransitive) To produce tears.
- Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
From Middle English teer, ter, tere, tear, from Old English tÄ“ar, tÇ£r, tÃ¦hher, teagor, *teahor (“drop; tear; what is distilled from anything in drops, nectar"), from Proto-Germanic *tahrÄ… (“tear"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÃ¡á¸±ru- (“tears"). Cognates include Old Norse tÃ¡r (Danish tÃ¥re and Norwegian tÃ¥re), Old High German zahar (German ZÃ¤hre), Gothic ð„ðŒ°ðŒ²ð‚ (tagr).