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rear

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of rear

  1. being at or in the part of something opposite the front part <go to the back of the building and look out the rear window and you'll see the eagle> Synonyms aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, back, rearwardRelated Words dorsalNear Antonyms ventralAntonyms anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal




rear

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rear

  1. 1 a behind part or surface <the rear of the car was sleekly designed> Synonyms back, reverse, tail Antonyms face, forehead, forepart, front

  2. 2 the part of the body upon which someone sits <fell off her skates onto her rear> Synonyms backside, behind, booty (also bootie) [slang], bottom, breech, bum, buns, butt, caboose, can, cheeks, derriere (or derrière), duff, fanny, fundament, hams, haunches, heinie [slang], hunkers, keister (also keester) [slang], nates, posterior, buttocks, rear end, rump, seat, tail, tail end, tush [slang]Related Words beam, stern; moon [slang]




rear

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rear

  1. 1 to bring to maturity through care and education <watched a documentary on how wolves rear their young> Synonyms breed, foster, nourish, nurse, raise, bring upRelated Words father, mother; attend, care (for), cradle, cultivate, mind, minister (to), nurture, watch; discipline, educate, instruct, mentor, school, teach, train, tutor; edify, enlighten, indoctrinate; feed, provide (for), supply; advance, forward, further, promote; prepare; direct, guide, lead, shepherd, showNear Antonyms abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mishandle, mistreat; ignore, neglect; harm, hurt, injure

  2. 2 to fix in an upright position <it took all the men in the village to rear the frame for the barn, pulling hard at the ropes until all the sides were standing> Synonyms pitch, put up, raise, erect, set up, upend, upraiseRelated Words brace, buttress, prop (up), shore (up), support; boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, up, uphold, upliftNear Antonyms demolish, flatten, knock down, level, raze, tear down

  3. 3 to form by putting together parts or materials <the city has plans for rearing a new convention center over the next two years> Synonyms assemble, confect, construct, erect, fabricate, make, make up, piece, put up, raise, build, set upRelated Words carpenter, fashion, forge, frame, hammer, handcraft, manufacture, mold, produce, shape; prefabricate; begin, coin, create, generate, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, invent, originate; constitute, establish, father, found, institute, organize; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), design, devise, imagine, think (up); reassemble, rebuild, reconstruct, redevelop, reedify [British], retrofit; jerry-build, rig (up), throw up; combine, uniteNear Antonyms demolish, destroy, devastate, flatten, level, pull down, pulverize, raze, ruin, ruinate, shatter, smash, wreck; blow up, explode; detach, disengage; disconnect, disjoin, disunite, divide, separateAntonyms demount, disassemble, dismantle, dismember, knock down, strike, take down, tear down

  4. 4 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care <an amateur who rears rare orchids in a professional-grade greenhouse> Synonyms crop, cultivate, culture, dress, promote, raise, grow, tendRelated Words breed, produce, propagate; plant, sow; gather, glean, harvest, reap; germinate, quicken, ripen, root, sproutNear Antonyms kill; dig, extirpate, pick, pluck, pull (up), uproot; cut, hay, mow





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