as in rearing
the way a child is raised; the care and teaching given to a child by parents or other people
usually singular
My wife had a very sheltered upbringing. His grandmother saw to his upbringing.

Synonyms & Similar Words


Thesaurus Entries Near upbringing

Cite this Entry

“Upbringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/upbringing. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on upbringing

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?