Translation of "tear" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /teər/ us /teər/ present participle tearing, past tense tore, past participle torn

B1 to pull paper, cloth, etc. into pieces, or to make a hole in it by accident

rasgar, romper
The nail tore a hole in my skirt.
be torn between something and something

to be unable to decide between two choices

debatirse entre algo y algo
I’m torn between the apple pie and the chocolate biscuit.

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /teər/ us /teər/

a hole in a piece of cloth, paper, etc. where it has been torn

rasgadura, desgarrón, roto


noun uk /tɪər/ us /tɪər/

B1 a drop of water that comes from your eye when you cry

I was in tears (= crying) by the end of the movie.
She burst into tears (= started crying) when she heard the news.

(Translation of “tear” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /tiə/

a drop of liquid coming from the eye, as a result of emotion ( especially sadness) or because something ( eg smoke) has irritated it

tears of joy/laughter/rage.
tearful adjective

inclined to cry or weep; with much crying or weeping

She was very tearful
a tearful farewell.

covered with tears

cubierto de lágrimas
tearful faces.
tearfully adverb

con lágrimas en los ojos, llorando
They tearfully said goodbye to each other.
tearfulness noun

cualidad de lloroso
tear gas noun

a kind of gas causing blinding tears, used against eg rioters

gas lacrimógeno
The police used tear gas against the protesters.
tear-stained adjective

marked with tears

mojado/empapado de lágrimas
a tear-stained face.
in tears

crying or weeping

She was in tears over the broken doll.

(Translation of “tear” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)