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[uhp-reer] /ʌpˈrɪər/
verb (used with object)
to raise up; lift:
The horse upreared its head and whinnied.
to build; erect:
to uprear a monument in stone.
to elevate the dignity of; exalt:
God upreared Abraham by making him the father of many nations.
to bring up; rear:
to uprear children in a good environment.
verb (used without object)
to rise.
Origin of uprear
First recorded in 1250-1300, uprear is from the Middle English word upreren. See up-, rear2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is odd how individuality will uprear itself before its own consciousness, in the most adverse circumstances.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The Whisperer, upon the ruins of the old creeds, would try to uprear a new creed—his own.

  • Upon the ruins of our present immature civilization it will uprear a charming state of society.

  • To climb the huge boulders the animals were compelled to uprear and struggle blindly through the tangled mass of vegetation.

  • He seemed to shrink in stature, standing before the other man's uprear of imperious will.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for uprear


(transitive) to lift up; raise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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