"rearing" in the noun sense
1. raising, rearing, nurture
the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child
2. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
"rearing" in the verb sense
1. rear, rise up
stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
"The horse reared in terror"
2. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent
look after a child until it is an adult
"raise a family"
"bring up children"
3. rise, lift, rear
"The building rose before them"
4. rear, erect
cause to rise up
5. raise, erect, rear, set up, put up
construct, build, or erect
"Raise a barn"
"rearing" in the adjective sense
1. rampant, rearing
rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile
"a lion rampant"
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