\ 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


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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
2 : the space or position at the back moved to the rear
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Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 4)

: being at the back the rear entrance


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Definition of rear (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fish are reared and used as forage for game fish in the hatcheries. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR won't collect musky or sturgeon eggs this spring, leaving a 1-year gap in the stocking program," 9 May 2020 But with pinchrunners Carter Barrett on second and Kevin Shaklovitz on first, Wing reared back and registered his three straight strikeouts, one looking and two swinging. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA varsity baseball team drops 4-2 decision to Frassati Catholic," 17 Feb. 2020 Scientists have since reared and released more than 400,000 of the beetles at sites throughout the eastern hemlock’s range and watched some populations take hold. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests," 15 Jan. 2020 Since elk rarely use the antlers in defense, preferring to rear up and kick predators with their front hooves, presumably the structures serve as deterrents, Metz says. Kendall Powell, Scientific American, "The Weapons of Sexual Rivalry," 24 Dec. 2019 And the other dragon reared up, impossibly dark, and even the light glinting off its scales seemed to be nothing but the purest coal black. cleveland, "Emerald Forest-wind: A story from Write About Now," 19 Nov. 2019 And the overarching inexperience (and, perhaps, immaturity?) could rear its head given the buzz affixed to a team trying to break the league's longest postseason drought by punching its first playoff tickets since 2002. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL record projections: Can Chargers prevent a Patriots run to Super Bowl LIV?," 22 July 2019 While Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco tagged up, Santana made the catch, reared back and uncorked a one-hop laser to Mariners catcher Tom Murphy. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Mariners pile up near-misses and milestones in 7-1 loss to Minnesota Twins," 17 May 2019 In many households, the division of labor is uneven, and women tend to do the bulk of the housework and child-rearing in heterosexual couples. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, "How to help your marriage survive coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The existing sound system and video board in the Northeast corner of Autzen Stadium will be removed to make way for the new support structure, sound system and video board, which will also feature a separate rear-facing 47′ x 26′ video board. oregonlive, "University of Oregon board of trustees approves construction of biggest video board in college sports at Autzen Stadium," 17 Mar. 2020 The child was found in the rear of the vehicle asleep under a large pile of clothing unharmed. Carol Robinson |, al, "Little girl found asleep in SUV that had been towed by Birmingham police after shooting," 23 Apr. 2020 Our testers were pleasantly surprised by the ample passenger space in the front and suitable spacing in the rear. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best New Family Cars of 2020," 22 Apr. 2020 And in the rear, staff editor Connor Hoffman—who stands six feet, seven and three-quarter inches tall—fits comfortably behind a six-foot driver. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 Ideas from drivers to shift to passengers entering from the rear of the bus, to install barriers between drivers and passengers or to stop operations for a period of time to give everything a deep clean have gone nowhere, drivers say. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "TARC drivers who feel like 'casualties of war' say transit agency isn't keeping them safe," 10 Apr. 2020 In addition to those in the church, the owner of the building, Derek Cushenberry was in his residence in the rear of the building when the fire started. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "'Everything is gone': Fire interrupts virtual Easter service at Tree of Life Ministries," 12 Apr. 2020 While checking the alarm, officers spotted a single vehicle parked and occupied by four people in the rear of the building. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Suspect said ‘time to rumble’: Westlake Police Blotter," 21 Mar. 2020 My apartment at the time was in the rear of the building, away from the street. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Amenities will include lots of screens and reclining rear seats that, the company said, use NASA technology to distribute the passenger’s weight evenly. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Tesla Isn’t the Only Start-Up Disrupting the Car Business," 4 Mar. 2020 The car seat cover style that protects your vehicle the most is the hammock style, which shields the rear bench seat, footwells, and even the back of the front seats. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Dog Proof Your Vehicle Seats," 26 Feb. 2020 For cameras, there is a front 16MP camera and three rear cameras: a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP depth camera. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "LG takes the wraps off its “Velvet” smartphone, priced in Korea at $738," 7 May 2020 Two other females who were in the rear seat of the vehicle were not hurt, the sheriff's office previously said. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Veteran Oakland County sheriff's deputy charged in pregnant teen's shooting," 1 May 2020 Keep in mind that the track package also deletes the rear seat. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Snakes alive! Shelby GT500 is the ultimate Mustang," 14 Apr. 2020 Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, which was released in September, has three rear cameras, up from two in the iPhone X. Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co. have both released phones with four rear cameras. River Davis, WSJ, "It’s All Smiles at Sony as Smartphone Cameras Boost Demand for Its Image Sensors," 4 Feb. 2020 The device features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a dual rear camera that includes a standard 25 megapixel lens and an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Samsung introduces Galaxy XCover Pro, a durable, enterprise-ready smartphone with a removable battery," 12 Jan. 2020 The good: The LG G8 ThinQ has a bright, sharp screen, a second wide-angle rear camera and a fast processor., "CNET: The best phones for less than $500," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb An arriving officer located a Ford Escape, which had been rear-ended by a Nissan Murano. John Benson, cleveland, "Outgoing homeowners association treasurer won’t relinquish duties: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 15 Apr. 2020 Crash, Wolf Road On March 25 the driver of a car involved in a crash told officers the person who rear-ended her car left the scene and was possibly intoxicated. cleveland, "Officers remind residents of social distancing order: Bay Village Police Blotter," 2 Apr. 2020 Shortly into their trip, Olomola’s car was rear-ended, the couple told WTVR in Richmond. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Uber riders live-streamed their driver chasing another car. He’s charged with kidnapping.," 13 Feb. 2020 During heavy rain, Diaz's vehicle rear-ended a vehicle in front of theirs, killing her and the two family members with her. Connor Van Ligten, azcentral, "3 family members killed in I-19 crash south of Tucson, DPS says," 12 Feb. 2020 The teens rear-ended the woman’s 2017 Kia Sportage SUV about 7 p.m., then made a right turn and parked against a curb. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Attempted carjacking in Cleveland started with fender-bender, ended with someone shooting something," 17 Jan. 2020 Soules has largely remained out of the spotlight since April 2017, when his truck rear-ended a tractor driven by 66-year-old Kenny Mosher near his family’s farm in Iowa. Rachel Desantis,, "The Bachelor's Chris Soules Makes His First Red Carpet Appearance Since 2017 Car Accident," 7 Dec. 2019 Suburban Chicago police say an officer fatally shot a man who rear-ended his vehicle and then pointed what turned out to be a BB gun at him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago-area officer shoots, kills man who pointed BB gun," 2 Oct. 2019 What if getting rear-ended by another car made for a splash, not a crash? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A victory for Trump’s asylum ban," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of rear was before the 12th century

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14 May 2020

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“Rear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to take care of (a young person or animal)
of an animal : to rise up on the back legs with the front legs in the air
: to rise high in the air


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English Language Learners Definition of rear (Entry 2 of 3)

: the part of something that is opposite to or away from the front part : the back part of something
informal : the part of your body that you sit on
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English Language Learners Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 3)

: at or near the back of something


\ 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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