Definition for REAR

REAR, v.t. [Sax. ræran, reran, aræran, to erect, to excite, to hasten; hreran, to excite; Sw. röra, to move; Dan. rörer, to move, stir, shake; rörig, quick, lively, rising in the stomach.]

  1. To raise. Who now shall rear you to the sun, or rank / Your tribes? – Milton.
  2. To lift after a fall. In adoration at his feet I fell / Submiss; he rear'd me. – Milton.
  3. To bring up or to raise to maturity, as young; as, to rear a numerous offspring. – Thomson.
  4. To educate; to instruct. He wants a father to protect his youth, / And rear him up to virtue. – Southern.
  5. To exalt; to elevate. Charity, decent, modest, easy, kind, / Softens the high, and rears the abject mind. – Prior.
  6. To rouse; to stir up. And seeks the tusky boar to rear. – Dryden.
  7. To raise; to breed; as cattle. – Harte.
  8. To achieve; to obtain. – Spenser. To rear the steps, to ascend; to move upward. – Milton.

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