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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytear apart
he/she/ittears apart
present participletearing apart
past tensetore apart
past participletorn apart
  1. 1
    to make someone feel very sad, upset, or worried
    It just tears me apart to see you suffering like this.
  2. 2
    to make people argue and damage their relationship
    This issue is tearing their marriage apart.
  3. 3
    to damage or destroy something completely by breaking it into pieces
    The building was torn apart by the explosion.
  4. 4
    to search a room or building very thoroughly, moving things in a careless way that causes damage
    The police tore the place apart looking for the money.
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