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tear

verb [I or T] (PULL APART)    /teər/ US  /ter/ (tore, torn)
B1 to pull or be pulled apart , or to pull pieces off: You have to be very careful with books this old because the paper tends to tear very easily . I tore my skirt on the chair as I stood up. A couple of pages had been torn out of/from the book .Tearing and breaking into pieces
(Definition of tear verb (PULL APART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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