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tear

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of tear

  1. a long deep cut repaired a tear in the theater curtain just before the start of the show Synonyms of tear incision, laceration, rent, rip, slash, slit, gashWords Related to tear abrasion, score, scrape, scratch; injury, wound; crack, fracture, rupture, snag


tear

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of tear

  1. 1 to cause (something) to separate into jagged pieces by violently pulling at it angrily tore the letter to shreds Synonyms of tear rend, ribbon, rip, rive, shred, tatter Words Related to tear break, cleave, rupture, split; cut, gash, incise, lacerate, slash; butcher, dismember, dissect, hack, mangle

  2. 2 to separate or remove by forceful pulling tore the book from his hand Synonyms of tear rip, wrench, wrest, yank Words Related to tear grab, nab, seize, snap (up), snatch; lop (off), nip; amputate, cut (off), dissever, sever; extract, force, jerk, prize, pry, pull, root (out), uproot Near Antonyms of tear reattach

  3. 3 to proceed or move quickly she tore out of the room as soon as the phone started to ring Synonyms of tear barrel, belt, blast, blaze, blow, bolt, bomb [slang], bowl, breeze, bundle, bustle, buzz, cannonball, careen, career, chase, course, crack (on), dash, drive, fly, hare, hasten, hie, highball, hotfoot (it), hump, hurl, hurtle, hustle, jet, jump, motor, nip, pelt, race, ram, rip, rocket, run, rush, rustle, scoot, scurry, scuttle, shoot, speed, step, hurry, travel, trot, whirl, whisk, zip, zoomWords Related to tear beetle, dart, flit, scamper, scud, scuffle; stampede, streak, whiz (or whizz); gallop, jog, sprint; accelerate, quicken, step out; catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtake; arrow, beelineNear Antonyms of tear dally, dawdle, dillydally, drag, hang (around or out), lag, linger, loiter, poke, tarry; amble, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up)Antonyms of tear crawl, creep, poke

Synonym Discussion of tear

tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges.
    • tear up the letter
rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint.
    • ripped the shirt on a nail
rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering.
    • an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes
split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers.
    • split logs for firewood
cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow.
    • a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak
rive occurs most often in figurative use.
    • a political party riven by conflict


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