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verb rear pronunciation in American English /rɪr/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerearing
past tensereared
past participlereared
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to take care of a child or young animal until it is fully grown
    Most farmers in the area rear sheep.
    child-rearing methods
  2. 2



    rear up

    [intransitive] if a horse rears, it lifts its front legs up into the air
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] literary to rise up in height


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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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