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tear1

tear1

 
 
pronunciation:
tir
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
phrases:
in tears
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a drop of salty liquid secreted through ducts which serves to cleanse and lubricate the surface of the eye.
synonyms:
teardrop
similar words:
drop, droplet
definition 2: something resembling a tear.
synonyms:
drop, teardrop
similar words:
droplet
definition 3: (pl.) the expression of emotion through crying.
tears of joy
synonyms:
crying, weeping
similar words:
crocodile tears, sobbing, teardrops
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phrase: in tears
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: tears, tearing, teared
definition: to be brimming or overflowing with tears.
Her eyes teared as she was suddenly filled with emotion.
similar words:
discharge, drop, flow, ooze, pour, run
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Are you looking for the word tier (a layer)? Tear and tier sound alike but have different meanings.
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