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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 damage or destroy something completely by breaking it into pieces

    The building was torn apart by the explosion.

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  2. 3
    to make someone feel very sad, upset, or worried

    It just tears me apart to see you suffering like this.

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    Synonyms and related words for this sense of tear apart
  3. 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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