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definition of the word arrear

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Singular
arrear

Plural
arrears

arrear (plural arrears)

  1. Work to be done, obligation.
    I have a large arrear of letters to write. -- J. D. Forbes.
    My own work, with its manifold arrears, took me all day to clear off. -- Stoker, Dracula
  2. Unpaid debt.

arrear (comparative more arrear, superlative most arrear)

Positive
arrear

Comparative
more arrear

Superlative
most arrear

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) behind, backward
    (--) rent considerably in arrear, and heartless landlady threatening expulsion (--) -- Dickens: Our Mutual Friend

arrear (first-person singular indicative present arreo, past participle arreado)

  1. To urge.
  2. To harness.

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