Tear vs tear

Tear and tear are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words tear and tear, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

A tear (teer) is a salty liquid produced by the eyes. Sometimes, the word tear is used figuratively to mean sorrow or crying. Tears are said to fall in teardrops. The word tear is sometimes used as an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are tears, teared, tearing, The word tear is derived from the Old English word, tear.

To tear (tare) means to rend something into pieces, to rip apart, to make a hole. Tear may be used as a verb to mean to rend something into pieces, to rip apart, to make a hole. The verb tear also may be used to mean to rush about in a reckless way. Related words are tears, tore, torn, tearing. In American English, to be on a tear means to be in a flurry of sustained activity. The idea is of tearing a swath of destruction as one progresses along. The word tear is derived from the Old English word, teran, which means to rend.

Examples

Kim Jong Un “is one of the most ruthless people on the planet and if he’s dead, I’m not going to shed a tear.” (The Charleston Post Courier)

Eye-care specialists are quickly adopting in-office diagnostics including in vitro diagnostic, or laboratory, point-of-care tests to analyze tear fluid as front-line tools to triage refractive and refractive cataract patients. (The Ophthalmology Times)

THE Ndola City Council would like to advise everyone using disposable masks to ensure they tear them up before throwing them away. (Zambia Reports)

Val Kilmer claims a ‘dark angel’ who looked like Darth Vader ‘tore out my heart’ in his new memoir I’m Your Huckleberry (The Daily Mail)

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