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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 incision, laceration, rent, rip, slash, slit, gashRelated Words 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 rend, ribbon, rip, rive, shred, tatter Related Words 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 rip, wrench, wrest, yank Related Words 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 reattach

  3. 3 to proceed or move quickly she tore out of the room as soon as the phone started to ring Synonyms 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, zoomRelated Words 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 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 crawl, creep, poke


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