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rear2

[reer] /rɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to take care of and support up to maturity:
to rear a child.
2.
to breed and raise (livestock).
3.
to raise by building; erect.
4.
to raise to an upright position:
to rear a ladder.
5.
to lift or hold up; elevate; raise.
verb (used without object)
6.
to rise on the hind legs, as a horse or other animal.
7.
(of a person) to start up in angry excitement, hot resentment, or the like (usually followed by up).
8.
to rise high or tower aloft:
The skyscraper rears high over the neighboring buildings.
Idioms
9.
rear its (ugly) head. head (def 85).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English reren, Old English rǣran to raise; cognate with Gothic -raisjan, Old Norse reisa
Related forms
unreared, adjective
well-reared, adjective
Synonyms
1. nurture, raise. 3. construct. 5. loft.
Usage note
1. See raise.
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British Dictionary definitions for unreared

rear1

/rɪə/
noun
1.
the back or hind part
2.
the area or position that lies at the back a garden at the rear of the house
3.
the section of a military force or procession farthest from the front
4.
the buttocks See buttock
5.
bring up the rear, to be at the back in a procession, race, etc
6.
in the rear, at the back
7.
(modifier) of or in the rear the rear legs, the rear side
Word Origin
C17: probably abstracted from rearward or rearguard

rear2

/rɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to care for and educate (children) until maturity; bring up; raise
2.
(transitive) to breed (animals) or grow (plants)
3.
(transitive) to place or lift (a ladder, etc) upright
4.
(transitive) to erect (a monument, building, etc); put up
5.
(intransitive) often foll by up. (esp of horses) to lift the front legs in the air and stand nearly upright
6.
(intransitive; often foll by up or over) (esp of tall buildings) to rise high; tower
7.
(intransitive) to start with anger, resentment, etc
Derived Forms
rearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English rǣran; related to Old High German rēren to distribute, Old Norse reisa to raise
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Word Origin and History for unreared
rear
"hindmost part," c.1600, abstracted from rerewarde "rear guard" (c.1300), from Anglo-Fr. rerewarde, O.Fr. rieregarde, from O.Fr. riere (from L. retro "back, behind") + O.Fr. garde (see guard). Or the word may be an aphetic form of arrear (see arrears). Military sense of "hindmost part" of an army or fleet is recorded from 1606. As a euphemism for "buttocks" it is attested from 1796 (rear end in this sense recorded from 1937). Rear admiral is first attested 1587, apparently so called from ranking "behind" an admiral proper. Rear-view (mirror) is recorded from 1926.
rear
O.E. ræran "to raise, build up, set on end," from P.Gmc. *raizijanau "to raise," causative of *risanan "to rise" (see raise). Meaning "bring into being, bring up" (as a child) is recorded from c.1420; that of "raise up on the hind legs" is first recorded late 14c.
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