how to pronounce tear


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tear is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tear in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and wear and tear really have to be …”

meanings of tear


  1. To become torn, especially accidentally.
  2. To produce tears.
  3. To injure as if by pulling apart.
  4. To destroy or reduce abstract unity or coherence, such as social, political or emotional.
  5. To remove by tearing.
  6. To make (an opening) with force or energy.
  7. To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
  8. To smash or enter something with great force.
  9. To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
  10. To demolish.


  1. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  2. A rampage.
  3. A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
  4. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
  5. A hole or break caused by tearing.
  6. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.

tear frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word tear occurs in english on average 23.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tear can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tear can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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