tear  ( tears plural & 3rd person present) ( tearing present participle) ( tore past tense) ( torn past participle ) (DAMAGING OR MOVING)
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1 verb If you tear paper, cloth, or another material, or if it tears, you pull it into two pieces or you pull it so that a hole appears in it.
She very nearly tore my overcoat... V n
Mary Ann tore the edge off her napkin... V n prep
He took a small notebook from his jacket pocket and tore out a page... V n with adv
Too fine a material may tear... V
Nancy quickly tore open the envelope... V n with adj
He noticed that fabric was tearing away from the plane's wing... V prep/adv
He went ashore leaving me to start repairing the torn sail. V-ed
Tear up means the same as tear ., phrasal verb
She tore the letter up... V n P
Don't you dare tear up her ticket. V P n (not pron)
...a torn up photograph. V-ed P
2 n-count A tear in paper, cloth, or another material is a hole that has been made in it.
I peered through a tear in the van's curtains.
3 verb If you tear one of your muscles or ligaments, or if it tears, you injure it by accidentally moving it in the wrong way.
He tore a muscle in his right thigh... V n
If the muscle is stretched again it could even tear. V
...torn ligaments. V-ed
4 verb To tear something from somewhere means to remove it roughly and violently.
She tore the windscreen wipers from his car... V n prep
He tore down the girl's photograph, and crumpled it into a ball. V n with adv
5 verb If a person or animal tears at something, they pull it violently and try to break it into pieces.
Female fans fought their way past bodyguards and tore at his clothes. V at n
6 verb If you tear somewhere, you move there very quickly, often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way.
The door flew open and Miranda tore into the room... V prep/adv
7 v-passive If you say that a place is tornby particular events, you mean that unpleasant events which cause suffering and division among people are happening there.
...a country that has been torn by civil war and foreign invasion since its independence. be V-ed by n
-torn comb in adj
...the riot-torn areas of Los Angeles.
wear and tear tear apart
1 phrasal verb If something tears people apart, it causes them to quarrel or to leave each other.
War and revolution have torn families apart. V n P
2 phrasal verb If something tears you apart, it makes you feel very upset, worried, and unhappy.
Don't think it hasn't torn me apart to be away from you. V n P tear away phrasal verb If you tear someone awayfrom a place or activity, you force them to leave the place or stop doing the activity, even though they want to remain there or carry on.
oft with brd-neg
Fame hasn't torn her away from her beloved Liverpool... V n P from n
Japan's education ministry ordered the change to encourage students to tear themselves away from textbooks... V pron-refl P from n
I stared at the man, couldn't tear my eyes away. V n P, Also V pron-refl P tear down phrasal verb If you tear something down, you destroy it or remove it completely.
Angry Russians may have torn down the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky... V P n (not pron)
I imagine they'll be tearing the building down sooner or later. V n P tear into phrasal verb If you tear into someone, you criticize them very angrily and strongly.
INFORMAL I had a real row with him. I tore into him. V P n tear off phrasal verb If you tear off your clothes, you take them off in a rough and violent way.
Totally exhausted, he tore his clothes off and fell into bed... V n P
Fuentes tore off his hat and flung it to the ground. V P n (not pron) tear up
1 phrasal verb If something such as a road, railway, or area of land is torn up, it is completely removed or destroyed.
Dozens of miles of railway track have been torn up... be V-ed P
The company came under furious attack from environmentalists for tearing up the forests. V P n (not pron)