rear 2 (rîr)
v. reared, rear·ing, rears
1. To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up. See Usage Note at raise.
2. To tend (growing plants or animals).
3. To build; erect.
4. Archaic To lift upright; raise.
1. To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
2. To rise high in the air; tower.
[Middle English reren, to raise, from Old English rǣran; see er-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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