1. To rip or lacerate something: The nail tore through my stocking. The hook caught on my shirt and tore it through.
2. To move through something with heedless speed; rush headlong through something: The student tore through the park on a bicycle.
3. To move through something with destructive force: The fire tore through the house.
4. To proceed with or accomplish something rapidly or hurriedly: The study group tore through the book the night before the final.
See also: tear