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[ uhp-reer ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to raise up; lift:

    The horse upreared its head and whinnied.

  2. to build; erect:

    to uprear a monument in stone.

  3. to elevate the dignity of; exalt:

    God upreared Abraham by making him the father of many nations.

  4. to bring up; rear:

    to uprear children in a good environment.

verb (used without object)

  1. to rise.


/ ʌpˈrɪə /


  1. tr to lift up; raise
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Word History and Origins

Origin of uprear1

First recorded in 1250–1300, uprear is from the Middle English word upreren. See up-, rear 2
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Example Sentences

Natural barriers uprear before the traveler, barriers which he must scale with sweat and straining muscles.

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.