transitive verb past tense tore past participle torn
- 1.1 (pull apart) I tore my shirt climbing the fenceshe was wearing a torn T-shirtme hice un desgarrón en or me rompí la camisa subiendo la vallahe's torn my bookllevaba una camiseta toda rotato tear a muscleme ha roto el libroI tore the cloth in halfdesgarrarse un músculoto tear a hole in somethingrasgué la tela por la mitadhe had torn a hole in his jackethacer un agujero en algoI tore open the letterse había hecho un agujero or (in Spain also) un roto en la chaquetato tear something/somebody to pieces o bits o shredsabrí la cartaabrí or rasgué el sobrehacer algo/a alguien pedazos or trizas or [colloquial] polvo(argument)(cloth/paper)he was torn to pieces by a lionhacer algo pedazosthat's torn it! (British English) [colloquial] [dated]un león lo descuartizó or lo despedazó¡se ha ido todo al traste or al garete! [colloquial]Example sentences
Example sentences1.2 (divide) (usually passive) a nation torn by civil war
- His body was torn apart and pieces of mangled flesh were sent in all directions.
- It's only a matter of time before the spell's protection will fade and her human body be torn apart by the force of gravity, so Orphen has to act quickly.
- Shane started to scribble on a piece of tissue, when Max grabbed it and tore it into pieces.
he was torn between his sense of duty and his love for heruna nación dividida or desgarrada por la guerra civilI'm really torn; I don't know what to dose debatía entre el sentido del deber y su amor por ella1.3 (remove forcibly) See examples:to tear somethingestoy en un dilema y no sé qué hacer
- The quake was so massive, the ground cracked, houses split, roads were torn.
- The edges of the hole snagged and tore his robes, scratching him all over.
- Her black hair got tangled in overhanging vines and brambles tugged at her clothes, tearing them in small rips and holes, and sometimes managing to scratch her across the face.
fromsomethingthey tore the bag from my handarrancar algo dealgome arrancaron la bolsa de las manosExample sentences
- As he tore off the pull tab, brown foam gushed out over his hand and down the front of his work togs.
- Each night, when Em said good night, she tore off a page so Margaret could keep track of the date.
- His face was dark and angry, and in one motion, he tore off his vest, and pulled me around, letting me see.
intransitive verb past tense tore past participle torn
- 1 1.1 (become torn)(cloth/paper)1.2 (in childbirth)romperserasgarsedesgarrarseExample sentences1.3 (detach) See examples: tear along the dotted line
arrancar or rasgar por la línea de puntosExample sentences
- My left quad muscles were completely torn, including the ligaments.
- With enough force, the coracoclavicular ligaments also will be torn, and the deltotrapezial fascia injured or detached.
- He accidentally put his right hand through a glass door, tearing tendons and ligaments and putting him out of the sport for eight months, just as his talent was starting to bloom.
- Avoid plastic because of discomfort and their tendency to tear quickly, thus decreasing their usefulness.
- It began to tear slowly but not quickly enough as we collapsed onto the wood and rolled across the splintered planks.
- 2 2.1 (rush) (+ adverb complement) to tear alongwe tore after the thiefir a toda velocidadshe came tearing down the stairs she went tearing (off) down the roadnos lanzamos tras el ladrónsalimos corriendo tras el ladrón2.2salió como un bólido por la carretera [colloquial]also: tearing present participlehe was in a tearing hurryiba con muchísima prisa or (in Latin America also) apuradísimoExample sentences
- Gravel sprayed behind him as he tore along the drive, aiming for the great iron gates ahead.
- After applying a little lipstick in front of the mirror quickly, I tore down the hallway, Angelina at my heals.
- Through the billowing spray their sails can be seen far out in the deep swell, tearing along at improbable speed and leaping high over the waves.
- they tore the place apart looking for the money
- 1.1 (scratch)
- you can't tear him away from his computer
- 1.1 (attack physically)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1
- to burst into tearsto end in tearsecharse or ponerse a llorarto wipe away one's tearsacabar malto wipe away somebody's tearssecarse or [literary] enjugarse las lágrimashis eyes filled with tears to shed o cry tears of joysecarle or [literary] enjugarle las lágrimas a alguiento be in tearsderramar lágrimas de alegríallorar de alegríaI found her in tears over the exam resultsestar llorandoI was moved to tearsme la encontré llorando por el resultado del examenI was moved to tears by the filmlloré de la emociónit brought tears to my eyesla película me hizo llorarI laughed till the tears ran down my facehizo que se me saltaran las lágrimasme hizo llorarI was bored to tearslloré de risame aburrí como una ostra [colloquial]Example sentences
- I snort, not knowing whether to burst into tears or roll on the ground, howling with laughter.
- I watched as several of my colleagues panicked or burst into tears.
- And for the first year or two, you burst into tears at times when you run into a reminder of it, and then the Lord kind of heals you.
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