Meaning of “tear” - Learner’s Dictionary

tear

verb uk us /teər/ (past tense tore, past participle torn)
DAMAGE SOMETHING [ T ]

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

The nail had torn a hole in my skirt.
BECOME DAMAGED [ I ]

B1 If paper, cloth, etc tears, it becomes damaged because it has been pulled:

The paper is very thin and tears easily.
tear sth out of/off/down, etc

to remove something by pulling it quickly and violently:

She tore his picture down from the wall.
tear along/about/past, etc informal

to move somewhere very quickly:

The kids were tearing around the house.
be torn between sth and sth

to be unable to decide between two choices:

I'm torn between the apple pie and the chocolate mousse.
→ See also pull/tear your hair out

(Definition of “tear verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)