tear verb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Meaning of “tear” - Learner’s Dictionary


/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.Tearing and breaking into pieces
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.Tearing and breaking into pieces
tear sth out of/off/down, etc to remove something by pulling it quickly and violently: She tore his picture down from the wall.Tearing and breaking into piecesRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
tear along/about/past, etc informal to move somewhere very quickly: The kids were tearing around the house.Moving quickly
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 Decisions and decidingUncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
(Definition of tear verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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