Synonyms of tear in English:

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tear 1


  • 1 I tore up the letter
    rip up, rip in two, pull to pieces, shred
  • 2 his flesh was torn
    lacerate, cut (open), gash, slash, scratch, hack, pierce, stab;
    injure, wound
  • 3 the traumas tore her family apart
    divide, split, sever, break up, disunite, rupture
    literary rend, sunder, cleave
    [Antonyms] unite
  • 4 Gina tore the book from his hands
    snatch, grab, seize, rip, wrench, wrest, pull, pluck
    informal yank
  • 5 informal Jack tore down the street
    sprint, race, run, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, bolt, fly, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, careen, speed, whiz, zoom, go like lightning, go like the wind
    informal pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, belt, zip, whip, bomb, hightail it
    [Antonyms] stroll, amble
  • noun

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  • 1 a tear in her dress
    rip, hole, split, slash, slit;
  • Phrases

    tear down
    they tore down the old barn
    demolish, knock down, raze, raze to the ground, flatten, level, bulldoze;
    dismantle, disassemble
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    Synonyms of tear in English:

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    tear 2


  • 1 tears in her eyes
    drop, droplet
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    lachrymal relating to tears
    lachrymose tending to cry easily or causing tears


    in tears
    he was nearly in tears
    crying, weeping, sobbing, wailing, howling, bawling, whimpering;
    tearful, upset
    informal weepy, teary, blubbering
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