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English definition of “tear”

tear

verb     /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 outDecisions and decidingUncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
(Definition of tear verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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