Synonyms of tear in English

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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’

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lacerate, 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, informal 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 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 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 someone off a strip

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

      SYNONYMS

      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

      British 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 British informal

      chew out, ream out

      British informal, 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