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tear

noun uk   /tɪər/ us    /tɪr/
B1 [C usually plural] a drop of salty liquid that flows from the eye, as a result of strong emotion, especially unhappiness, or pain: tears of remorse/regret/happiness/joy/laughter Did you notice the tears in his eyes when he talked about Diane? Why do arguments with you always reduce me to tears (= make me cry)? I won't shed (any) tears (= I will not be unhappy) when he goes, I can tell you! burst into tears B1 to suddenly start to cry in tears B1 crying: I found him in tears in his bedroom.

tear

verb [I] uk   /tɪər/ us    /tɪr/
US (of eyes) to produce tears: Why do our eyes tear when we're cutting onions?
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of tear noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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