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Etymology 1

Old English teran

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to tear

Third person singular
tears

Simple past
tore

Past participle
torn

Present participle
tearing

to tear (third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past tore, past participle torn)
  1. (transitive) To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
    He tore his coat on the nail.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To remove by tearing.
    Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to demolish
    The slums were torn down to make way for the new development
  4. (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
    My dress has torn.
  5. (intransitive) To move at excessive speed.
    He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.
Synonyms
  • (break): rend, rip
  • (remove by tearing): rip out, tear off, tear out
Related terms
Translations

Noun

Singular
tear

Plural
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tear ({{{1}}})
  1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
    A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.
Derived terms
Translations

Derived terms

Etymology 2

A girl producing tears

Old English tēar, from an earlier form of teahor, from Proto-Germanic *takh-. Cognates include Old Norse tár (Danish tåre and Norwegian tåre), Old High German zahar (German Zähre), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌲𐍂 (tagr).

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
tear

Plural
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tear ({{{1}}})
  1. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
    There were big tears rolling down Lisa's cheeks.
    Ryan wiped the tear from the paper he was crying on.
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to tear

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to tear (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To produce tears
    Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
Translations

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /tæ:aɹ/

Etymology

Germanic *taxraz, from Indo-European *dak̑ru-.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian tār, Old High German zahar (German Zähre, originally pl.), Old Norse tár (Swedish tår).

Indo-European cognates: Sanskrit अश्रु, Greek δάκρυ, Latin lacrima, Old Irish dér, Welsh deigr.

Noun

tēar m.

  1. tear

Portuguese

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin tela

Noun

tear m.

  1. loom

West Frisian

Noun

tear

  1. tar

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