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
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Historical Examples of uprear

  • 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



(tr) to lift up; raise
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