Synonyms of tear in English

: tear1tear2


See definition of tear


1‘I tore up the letter’


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

2‘her tights were torn by the rough concrete’


rip, ladder, snag

3‘his flesh was torn’


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’


divide, split, split down the middle, sever, break apart, disunite, rupture

literary rend, rip asunder, cleave

rare sunder, rive, dissever


unite, unify

5‘Gina tore the book from his hands’


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

informal yank

6‘I was torn by guilt’


torment, torture, rack, harrow, wring, lacerate

literary rend

7‘Jack tore down the street’


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

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 go like the clappers, bomb, bucket

Scottish wheech

North American boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out

dated cut along

archaic post, hie


stroll, amble


1‘there was a tear in her dress’


rip, hole, split, rent, cut, slash, slit

ladder, run, snag

Synonyms of tear in English

: tear1tear2


See definition of tear


1‘tears ran down her cheeks’




    tear something down

      ‘they tore down the old barn’


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

      take down, dismantle, disassemble


      build, erect

    tear into someone

      ‘their tyrannical father tore into all of his sons’


      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


      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 someone off a strip

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


      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

      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

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

      North American

      chew out, ream out

      vulgar slang

      bollock, give someone a bollocking

    in tears

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


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

      tearful, upset




      weepy, teary, blubbing, blubbering