Synonyms of tear in English

: tear1tear2

tear1


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verb

1‘I tore up the letter’

SYNONYMS
rip up, rip in two, pull apart, pull to pieces, shred

2‘her tights were torn by the rough concrete’

SYNONYMS
rip, ladder, snag

3‘his flesh was torn’

SYNONYMS
lacerate, cut, cut open, cut to pieces, cut to ribbons, gash, slash, scratch, claw, mangle, mutilate, hack, pierce, stab
injure, wound

4‘the traumas have torn her family apart’

SYNONYMS
divide, split, split down the middle, sever, break apart, disunite, rupture
literary rend, rip asunder, cleave
rare sunder, rive, dissever
ANTONYMS

unite, unify

5‘Gina tore the book from his hands’

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snatch, grab, seize, rip, wrench, wrest, pull, pluck
informal yank

6‘I was torn by guilt’

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torment, torture, rack, harrow, wring, lacerate
literary rend

7‘Jack tore down the street’

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sprint, race, run, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, flash, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind
informal pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps
British informal go like the clappers, bomb, bucket
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
informal, dated cut along
archaic post, hie
ANTONYMS

stroll, amble


noun

1‘there was a tear in her dress’

SYNONYMS
rip, hole, split, rent, cut, slash, slit
ladder, run, snag

Synonyms of tear in English

: tear1tear2

tear2


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noun

1‘tears ran down her cheeks’

SYNONYMS
teardrop

Phrases

    tear into someone

    ‘their tyrannical father tore into all of his sons’


    SYNONYMS

    attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, lay into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub

    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure

    informal

    lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about, knock around, rough up

    British informal

    have a go at

    tear something down

    ‘they tore down the old barn’


    SYNONYMS

    demolish, knock down, pull down, raze, raze to the ground, flatten, level, bulldoze

    take down, dismantle, disassemble

    ANTONYMS

    build, erect

    tear someone off a strip

    ‘we are more at ease tearing our partner off a strip than telling them how much we value them’


    SYNONYMS
    British informal

    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the Riot Act to, haul over the coals

    informal

    tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone a piece of one's mind, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking

    British informal

    have a go at, carpet, give someone what for, let someone have it

    North American informal

    chew out, ream out

    British vulgar slang

    bollock, give someone a bollocking

    in tears

    ‘he was so hurt by her attitude he was nearly in tears’


    SYNONYMS

    crying, weeping, sobbing, wailing, howling, bawling, whimpering

    tearful, upset

    Scottish

    greeting

    informal

    weepy, teary, blubbing, blubbering