Meaning of REAR in English


Pronunciation: ' rir, vt4 & vi2 are also ' rer

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English reren, from Old English r ǣ ran; akin to Old Norse reisa to raise, Old English r ī san to rise

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1 : to erect by building : CONSTRUCT

2 : to raise upright

3 a (1) : to breed and raise (an animal) for use or market (2) : to bring to maturity or self-sufficiency usually through nurturing care < rear ed five children> <birds rear ing their young> b : to cause (as plants) to grow

4 : to cause (a horse) to rise up on the hind legs

intransitive verb

1 : to rise high

2 of a horse : to rise up on the hind legs

synonyms see LIFT

– rear · er noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.