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Synonyms for tear
tɪərtear

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tear

    Rend and tear are applied to the separating of textile substances into parts by force violently applied (rend also to frangible substances), tear being the milder, rend the stronger word. Rive is a wood-workers' word for parting wood in the way of the grain without a clean cut. To lacerate is to tear roughly the flesh or animal tissue, as by the teeth of a wild beast; a lacerated wound is distinguished from a wound made by a clean cut or incision. Mangle is a stronger word than lacerate; lacerate is more superficial, mangle more complete. To burst or rupture is to tear or rend by force from within, burst denoting the greater violence; as, to burst a gun; to rupture a blood-vessel; a steam-boiler may be ruptured when its substance is made to divide by internal pressure without explosion. To rip, as usually applied to garments or other articles made by sewing or stitching, is to divide along the line of a seam by cutting or breaking the stitches; the other senses bear some resemblance or analogy to this; as, to rip open a wound. Compare BREAK.

    Synonyms:
    break, burst, cleave, lacerate, mangle, rend, rip, rive, rupture, sever, slit, sunder

    Antonyms:
    heal, join, mend, reunite, secure, sew, solder, stitch, unite, weld

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tear

    Synonyms:
    rend, lacerate, shatter, sever, sunder

    Antonyms:
    mend, unite

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tear, teardropnoun

    a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands

    "his story brought tears to her eyes"

    Synonyms:
    snag, rent, split, bust, teardrop, bout, binge, rip

  2. rip, rent, snag, split, tearnoun

    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

    "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"

    Synonyms:
    rent, economic rent, rakehell, snag, crosscurrent, roue, bust, rip, hitch, binge, split up, teardrop, tide rip, riptide, stock split, blood, rake, hang-up, split, countercurrent, schism, profligate, bout, rub

  3. bust, tear, binge, boutnoun

    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    "they went on a bust that lasted three days"

    Synonyms:
    flop, rip, snag, round, bout, split, teardrop, orgy, bust, binge, fizzle, female chest, rent, splurge, turn

  4. tearverb

    the act of tearing

    "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"

    Synonyms:
    snag, rent, split, bust, teardrop, bout, binge, rip

  5. tear, rupture, snap, bustverb

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"

    Synonyms:
    wear out, buck, snatch up, click, fall apart, shoot, burst, flick, deplume, break down, crack, displume, pluck, photograph, break, shoot down, lose it, raid, pull, wear, charge, bust, snap, snatch, deplumate, snarl, rupture

  6. tearverb

    to separate or be separated by force

    "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"

    Synonyms:
    charge, deplumate, deplume, shoot down, bust, pull, displume, snap, buck, rupture, shoot, pluck

  7. tear, shoot, shoot down, charge, buckverb

    move quickly and violently

    "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"

    Synonyms:
    hitch, land, jerk, shoot, flash, scoot, bear down, scud, sprout, hit, consign, excite, commove, commit, blame, film, snap, down, appoint, take, point, pullulate, agitate, load, bill, deplumate, bourgeon, defeat, rouse, buck, saddle, pull, fool away, fritter, kill, lodge, dissipate, dart, frivol away, file, bust, burgeon forth, accuse, level, institutionalize, turn on, pluck, fritter away, charge, inject, vote down, deplume, germinate, shoot down, institutionalise, fool, burden, photograph, charge up, blast, dash, send, go against, spud, rupture, pip, vote out, displume

  8. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displumeverb

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

    Synonyms:
    roll, shoot, hook, pull in, attract, cull, overstretch, perpetrate, commit, rob, pick, snap, deplumate, rive, surcharge, soak, overcharge, pull off, buck, draw out, pull, get out, take out, gazump, hustle, root for, bust, plunk, plume, pluck, charge, deplume, pull up, pick off, shoot down, pull out, force, draw, rend, tweak, draw in, extract, rip, displume, rupture, fleece

  9. tearverb

    fill with tears or shed tears

    "Her eyes were tearing"

    Synonyms:
    charge, deplumate, deplume, shoot down, bust, pull, displume, snap, buck, rupture, shoot, pluck

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tearverb

    Synonyms:
    rend, sever, sunder, pull asunder, pull in pieces, pull apart

  2. tearverb

    Synonyms:
    lacerate, laniate, lancinate, claw, mangle

  3. tearverb

    Synonyms:
    snatch away, force away

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tearnoun

    Synonyms:
    rent, fissure, rip

  2. tearverb

    Synonyms:
    rend, rip, lacerate, dilacerate, sunder, dismember, fume, rage, rave, rant, storm

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tear":

    tear-gas, tears, rip

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How to use tear in a sentence?

  1. Joe Moore:

    Marriage is like a dollar bill. You cannot spend half of it when you tear it in two. The value of one half depends upon the other.

  2. Patrick Roddy:

    The first thing I would tell you to do is I want to tear down a bunch of buildings over here and expand out the turnout lots, i'd like to redo a bunch of these facilities. But on a day-to-day operational funding, horses are not going hungry, horses are not going without medical care, horses are not going without the required supplements. Our prioritization of funding goes to the health and welfare of the horses, and we're constantly watching that.

  3. Roger Quarles Mills:

    Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil - only evil - and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.

  4. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    (The city is being) destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for, tearing down businesses, tearing down or destroying property, things that we know will impact our community for years.

  5. Louis Farrakhan:

    As long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they ’ll keep killing us, but when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it ! We’re tired ! We want some of this earth or we ’ll tear this god --- n country up !


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