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She's a tear that hangs inside my soul forever.
Jeff Buckley

Meaning of "tear" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TEAR

Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TEAR

tear  [tɪə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TEAR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Tear is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES TEAR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Tear

Tear may refer to: ▪ Tears, eye secretion ▪ Tearing, the act of breaking apart a material by force ▪ Tear, a type of scratch used by turntablists...

Definition of tear in the English dictionary

The definition of tear in the dictionary is something shaped like a hanging drop.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TEAR

teapoy
tear away
tear bomb
tear down
tear duct
tear gas
tear into
tear off
tear one´s hair
tear sheet
tear someone off a strip
tear-jerker
tear-off
tear-stained
tearable
tearaway
teardown
teardrop
tearer
tearful

WORDS THAT END LIKE TEAR

appear
bear
clear
dear
ear
fear
five-year
footwear
gear
hear
linear
near
New Year
nuclear
on a tear
outerwear
rear
senior year
wear
year

Synonyms and antonyms of tear in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TEAR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «tear» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of tear
belt · bolt · career · charge · claw · dart · dash · disunite · divide · fly · gallop · gash · grab · hole · hurry · injure · lacerate · ladder · mangle · mangulate · mutilate · pluck · pull · pull apart · race · rack · rend · rent · rip · rive · run · rupture · rush · scratch · seize · sever · shoot · shred · snag · snatch · speed · split · sprint · sunder · torment · torture · wrench · wrest · wring · yank · zoom

Translation of «tear» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TEAR

Find out the translation of tear to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of tear from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «tear» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

眼泪
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lágrima
570 millions of speakers

English

tear
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आंसू
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

دَمْعَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

слеза
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lágrima
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিছিন্ন করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

larme
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Air mata
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Träne
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

눈물
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Luh
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nước mắt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கிழித்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फाडणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gözyaşı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lacrima
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

łza
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

сльоза
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lacrimă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δάκρυ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

skeur
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

tår
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tåre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of tear

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TEAR»

The term «tear» is very widely used and occupies the 7.909 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TEAR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «tear» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «tear» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about tear

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10 QUOTES WITH «TEAR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word tear.
1
J. J. Abrams
Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
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Tracy Anderson
Oftentimes, heavy weights can tear the muscle fiber causing it to bulk, but using a lighter weight for a longer duration and allowing your body to move in many different ways to target all of the muscles will lengthen them without tearing.
3
William Bernbach
Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise... not ourselves. Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product. Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated, to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.
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Victor Borge
If I have caused just one person to wipe away a tear of laughter, that's my reward.
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Berkeley Breathed
Cartooning is about deconstruction: you gotta tear something down to make a joke.
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Marcus Brigstocke
I'd lie in bed in my dormitory and grab at bits of my body, wanting to tear them off... I was so large by then that, in the heat, my thighs chafed together and bled. I was very unhappy, and yet no one ever asked me how I felt.
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Jeff Buckley
She's a tear that hangs inside my soul forever.
8
Mike Comrie
Playing 10 years in the NHL, almost 600 games, there's going to be some wear and tear for everybody.
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Kelly Corrigan
Growing up, I saw my mother cry exactly once. The morning of her brother's funeral. One long tear ran down her cheek through her make up until she caught it near her mouth and patted it dry with a tissue she pulled from inside her sleeve.
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Kevin Costner
If you're going to tear down a hero, you should never forget that you're tearing down someone else's hero. You're tearing down somebody else's son. You might have to face her one day.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TEAR»

Discover the use of tear in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to tear and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, ...
Girls will discover dozens of fun ways to be creative with this book packed with projects! With special punch-out pages, girls can make a cootie catcher, bingo boards, a gift box, a secret note dispenser, a micro mobile, and so much more.
‎2005
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Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our ...
In this provocative new book, award-winning political journalist Will Bunch unravels the story of how a right-wing cabal hijacked the mixed legacy of Ronald Reagan, a personally popular but hugely divisive 1980s president, and turned him ...
Will Bunch, 2009
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Tear soup: a recipe for healing after loss
A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children's book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss.
Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen, 1999
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The Tear Film: Structure, Function, and Clinical Examination
Contemporary and thoroughly up to date, this book advises contact lens practitioners on the examination, function and pathogenesis of the tear film.
Donald R. Korb, 2002
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Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech ...
The book is based on interviews with numerous former Reagan administration officials and American and German eyewitnesses to the speech, as well as recently declassified State Department documents and East German records of the president's ...
Romesh Ratnesar, 2009
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Lacrimal Gland, Tear Film, and Dry Eye Syndromes 3: Basic ...
During the past several decades, a significant international research effort has been directed towards understanding the composition and regulation of the preocular tear film.
David A. Sullivan, 2002
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A Tear in the Curtain
Vivid and candid, this historical novel chronicles the lives of three families over the course of 50 years during the Cold War and its aftermath.
John Symons, 2013
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The Tear Thief
Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime, the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she soundlessly steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all of those tears?
Carol Ann Duffy, Juliet Stevenson, 2011
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A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for ...
Without asymmetries and imperfections, the universe would be filled with nothing but smooth radiation. A Tear at the Edge of Creation calls for nothing less than a new "humancentrism" to reflect our position in the universal order.
Marcelo Gleiser, 2010
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Tear of the Gods
Made of an unusual material—not quite obsidian, but gleaming with multihued color—the torc is an astonishing find. But someone knows exactly what the torc means. And he will do anything to get his hands on the Tear of the Gods.
Alex Archer, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TEAR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term tear is used in the context of the following news items.
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Policeman who tear-gassed Turkish protester ordered to plant 600 …
ANKARA, TURKEY—Media reports say a court has ordered a policeman who was photographed spraying tear gas from close range at a woman wearing a red ... «Toronto Star, Jun 15»
2
Report: Alex Cobb has a partial tear in elbow ligament, could need …
Informed speculation is that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament, which in the short term puts him on a program of rest and ... «Yahoo Sports, May 15»
3
Missouri Police Will Restrict Tear Gas After Ferguson Lawsuit
The settlement requires police to warn protestors before using tear gas and give them time to disperse, unless harm is truly imminent. A U.S. district judge will ... «TIME, Mar 15»
4
Wheeler's agent takes Mets off hook for elbow tear
The Mets have taken flak in recent days since the most recent MRI exam showed a full tear of the right ulnar collateral ligament, questioning why he was pushed ... «New York Post, Mar 15»
5
Derrick Rose Takes Calculated Risk with Quick Return from …
This is the same player who missed all but 10 games of the following year with the initial tear in the right medial meniscus, having been ruled out immediately ... «Bleacher Report, Feb 15»
6
Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field
Hundreds of elementary schools were protesting the illegal seizure of their playground by a private developer in Nairobi, Kenya, when police fired tear gas into ... «NPR, Jan 15»
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Kenyan schoolchildren tear-gassed at protest over playground
Children were "promised laptops not canisters of tear gas," tweeted former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka. "Someone must be held accountable." ... «CNN, Jan 15»
8
Tough Mudder to add tear gas obstacle to its events in 2015 - AOL …
Tough Mudder, one of several obstacle course-style distance running events gaining in popularity, announced Tuesday it is adding a tear gas-experience to its ... «AOL News, Jan 15»
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Riot Cops Use Tear Gas on Columbus Crowds After Ohio State Win
Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up crowds in Columbus, Ohio, early Tuesday after Ohio State beat Oregon to win the college football championship. «NBCNews.com, Jan 15»
10
Judge extends restrictions on tear gas use amid Ferguson protests
A federal judge has extended a restraining order regarding use of tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri as part of a lawsuit against local and state law enforcement that ... «RT, Jan 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Tear [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/tear>. Jul 2020 ».
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