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tear

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a long deep cut
  • repaired a tear in the theater curtain just before the start of the show
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tear

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1 to cause (something) to separate into jagged pieces by violently pulling at it
  • angrily tore the letter to shreds
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2 to separate or remove by forceful pulling
  • tore the book from his hand
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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

tear (out)

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to draw out by force or with effort
  • you'll never tear that secret out of me
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