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Definition of rear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rear

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rear
    BrE BrE//rɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪr//
     
    he / she / it rears
    BrE BrE//rɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪrz//
     
    past simple reared
    BrE BrE//rɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪrd//
     
    past participle reared
    BrE BrE//rɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪrd//
     
    -ing form rearing
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪrɪŋ//
     
    Raising children
     
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  1. 1[transitive] rear somebody/something [often passive] to care for young children or animals until they are fully grown synonym bring up, raise She reared a family of five on her own. Lions usually manage to rear about half the number of cubs born to them. See related entries: Raising children
  2. 2[transitive] rear something to breed or keep animals or birds, for example on a farm to rear cattle
  3. 3[intransitive] rear (up) (of an animal, especially a horse) to raise itself on its back legs, with the front legs in the air The horse reared, throwing its rider.
  4. 4[intransitive] rear (up) (of something large) to seem to lean over you, especially in a threatening way The great bulk of the building reared up against the night sky.
  5. Word Originverb Old English rǣran ‘set upright, construct, elevate’, of Germanic origin; related to raise (which has supplanted rear in many applications), also to rise.Extra examples intensively reared beef cattle naturally reared pork and beef The young crocodiles were reared indoors at a constant temperature of 32°C.Idioms
    something rears its (ugly) head
     
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    if something unpleasant rears its head or rears its ugly head, it appears or happens
    Phrasal Verbsrear somebody on something
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