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definition of the word tear

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Old English teran

Infinitive
to tear

Third person singular
tears

Simple past
tore

Past participle
torn

Present participle
tearing

to tear (third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past tore, past participle torn)

  1. (transitive) To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
    He tore his coat on the nail.
  2. (transitive, with off or out) To remove by tearing.
    Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.
  3. (transitive, of structures, with down) to demolish
    The slums were torn down to make way for the new development
  4. (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
    My dress has torn.
  5. (intransitive) To move at excessive speed.
    He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.


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