\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) , transitive sense 4 & intransitive sense 2 are also ˈrer \
reared; rearing; rears

Definition of rear

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to erect by building : construct
2 : to raise upright
3a(1) : to breed and raise (an animal) for use or market
(2) : to bring to maturity or self-sufficiency usually through nurturing care reared five children birds rearing their young
b : to cause (plants) to grow
4 : to cause (a horse) to rise up on the hind legs

intransitive verb

1 : to rise high
2 of a horse : to rise up on the hind legs


\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) \

Definition of rear (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : the back part of something: such as
a : the unit (as of an army) or area farthest from the enemy
b : the part of something located opposite its front the rear of a house
c : buttocks
2 : the space or position at the back moved to the rear


\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) \

Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 4)

: being at the back the rear entrance


\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) \

Definition of rear (Entry 4 of 4)

: toward or from the rear usually used in combination a rear-driven car

Other Words from rear


rearer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rear

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight. lift the chair while I vacuum raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position. scouts raising a flagpole rear may add an element of suddenness to raise. suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied. elevated the taste of the public hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means. hoisted the cargo on board heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain. heaved the heavy crate inside boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push. boosted his brother over the fence

Examples of rear in a Sentence

Verb watched a documentary on how wolves rear their young 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 Noun There are two bedrooms at the rear. the rear of the car was sleekly designed Adjective The car's rear bumper was damaged. go to the back of the building and look out the rear window and you'll see the eagle See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the battery’s weight evenly spread front to rear, there’s a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Bryan Campbell, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 In the last five years, Molloy has set up a lab with 72 aquariums across Europe and Asia, closer to the zebra and quagga mussels' native range, hoping to find and rear a parasite that might prove fatal. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 That may not seem like much, but there's no guarantee that another issue won't rear its head in the future. CBS News, 30 Mar. 2022 Strut braces were added at the front and rear for better torsional rigidity and steering responsiveness. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 2 Feb. 2022 Pundits had feared Dear Evan Hansen might rear its de-aged head in the Musical/Comedy categories, but this proved misguided. Nate Jones, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 The latter has a screen with curved edges, rectangular corners, flat top and bottom sides, and rear cameras that protrude independently on the back. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Feb. 2022 The fact that this potential encounter was arranged by the French will ease some fears in Europe that US allies are being marginalized -- a factor that did rear its head early in the Ukraine crisis. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 Race morning is a prime example of when visceral hypersensitivity could rear its ugly head. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For this reason, Formula E is no longer putting friction brakes on the rear of the car, just the front. James Morris, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Images of the wreck appear to show the vehicle wedged under the rear of the tractor-trailer with part of the car’s roof sheared off. Matt Yan,, 6 May 2022 Nine people were injured in September when an escalator at the Back Bay Station malfunctioned, and more than two dozen went to the hospital last July when a Green Line train rear-ended another trolley. CBS News, 3 May 2022 Irael Milian-Roman, 47, of the 6600 block of Scott Lane, Hanover Park, arrested on charges of improper window treatment/tinting, no valid license or permit and defective side/rear/windshield at 5:36 p.m. April 22 at Route 59 and Ferry Road. Naperville Sun Staff, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 Ukrainian soldiers must be taught quickly to operate sophisticated and unfamiliar systems—in the middle of a war, and as Russian cruise missiles strike warehouses, railway hubs and bases deep in the Ukrainian rear. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS launched to 30 mph in 1.1 seconds, tying the 911 GT3 and Chevy C8 Corvette as the quickest rear-wheel-drive cars to that mark in Car and Driver testing. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 25 Apr. 2022 Both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models are offered. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2022 And customers will have a choice of either a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configuration. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All wheel drive is available optionally, but few are actually giving up the thrill of spinning just the rear wheels. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 1 May 2022 If your yard has a lot of rough terrain, look for slightly larger rear wheels. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 The company hasn't yet released specifications for the American-market Buzz, but did reveal the European model will come with a 201-horsepower electric motor powering the rear wheels. Michael Dobuski, ABC News, 12 Mar. 2022 Unveiled in 2020, the zero-emissions road rocket is capable of churning out a staggering 1,114 hp via four electric engines mounted on the rear wheels. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 Buzz has a 201-bhp, 150-kW electric motor driving the rear wheels. Jeremy White, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 Buzz, likewise, has its electric motor in the back powering the van's rear wheels. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 An arriving officer located the Ryder truck perpendicular to the road with its rear wheels in a Westwood Drive ditch. John Benson, cleveland, 16 Feb. 2022 The ride is also exceptionally smooth, thanks to a new independent suspension required by placement of the electric motor between the rear wheels. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 31 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This may sound like it has been lifted from the brochure, but a prod of the accelerator out of a low-speed corner really does make the car feel rear-driven. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 The man's vehicle reportedly rear-ended an SUV, causing a rollover crash that resulted in the death of a woman, according to police. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 The driver of a Toyota Tundra allegedly rear-ended the family buggy in Cumberland County and left the scene but came back a short time later, the statement said. Sahar Akbarzai And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The woman, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was driving a Honda Accord that appeared to have rear-ended the bus. Chris Perkins,, 31 July 2021 Arlington police said the incident happened around 2:31 a.m. on April 17 at Washington and Arlington boulevards when a tractor-trailer was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 To ensure your child doesn’t outgrow the rear-facing weight and height dimensions, choose your car seat carefully. Bre Richey,, 1 Apr. 2021 Babbitt spun her white SUV in a U-turn and began chasing Norris, according to the petition, eventually rear-ending the other woman’s car three times and forcing her to stop. Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2021 Babbitt spun her white SUV in a U-turn and began chasing Norris, according to the petition, eventually rear-ending the other woman's car three times and forcing her to stop. Peter Jamison,, 9 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rear


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rear


Middle English reren, from Old English rǣran; akin to Old Norse reisa to raise, Old English rīsan to rise


Middle English rere, short for rerewarde rearward


Middle English rere-, from Anglo-French rere backward, behind, from Latin retro- — more at retro

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More Definitions for rear


\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) \
reared; rearing

Kids Definition of rear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to rise up on the hind legs The horse reared in fright.
2 : to bring up They wanted to rear children in the country.
3 : to rise high
4 : to take care of the breeding and raising of rear cattle



Kids Definition of rear (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the space or position at the back Go to the rear of the building.
2 : the part (as of an army) or area farthest from the enemy
3 : the human buttocks



Kids Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 3)

: being at the back a rear tire

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