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lear

[leer] /lɪər/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
learning; instruction; lesson.
Origin of lear
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English lere lesson, noun use of lere to teach, Old English lǣran; cognate with Dutch leren, German lehren, Gothic laisjan; akin to lore1

Lear

[leer] /lɪər/
noun
1.
Edward, 1812–88, English writer of humorous verse and landscape painter.
2.
(italics) King Lear.
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  • He used to know it from cover to cover—Othello, Hamlet, lear—the whole string.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Lamb and Coleridge, on the other hand, have praised "lear" as a world's masterpiece.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Mrs. lear stood by the gate for all the world like a statue of bronze.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • Coleridge calls "lear," "the open and ample playground of Nature's passions."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Shakespeare's "view" comes out in lear's climacteric execration of his "dog-hearted daughters."

British Dictionary definitions for lear

Lear

/lɪə/
noun
1.
Edward. 1812–88, English humorist and painter, noted for his illustrated nonsense poems and limericks
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