rear

verb
\ ˈrir, senses vt 4 & vi 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

rear

noun
\ ˈrir \

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

rear

adjective
\ ˈrir \

Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 4)

: being at the back the rear entrance

rear

adverb
\ ˈrir \

Definition of rear (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from rear

Verb

rearer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rear

Synonyms: Verb

breed, bring up, foster, nourish, nurse, raise

Synonyms: Noun

back, reverse, tail

Synonyms: Adjective

aft, after, back, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rearward

Antonyms: Noun

face, forehead, forepart, front

Antonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal

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Verb

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

Work was even trickier, with wardrobe issues rearing their aggravating head again. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that most commonly rears its head in the 30s. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "How Your Skin Changes in Your 30s—and What You Can Do About It," 20 July 2018 Liverpool could still complete a deal for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir after the transfer saga of the summer reared its head again this week. SI.com, "Liverpool Resume Nabil Fekir Talks Despite Lyon Insistence That Deal Was Off Last Month," 1 July 2018 Koshy is a small person, who offsets her diminutive stature with mugging and exaggeration — doing big things with her arms and her eyes and her mouth and her voice — as when an animal rears up or roars to scare off predators. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it," 27 June 2018 Lack of depth exposed A championship-contending team has more of a spotlight on their major league-ready depth but because of a rash of injuries — however minor in nature — the Tigers’ lack of depth is rearing its ugly head. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways: Castellanos can't be stopped; roster's thin," 1 June 2018 Man o’ War was fractious beforehand, rearing up during the post parade and at the gate, delaying the start by almost 6 minutes. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Man o' War grew up, trained in Maryland for a Hall of Fame career," 14 May 2018 And finally, know that whenever an emotional issue rears its head, sleep – or time – is almost always your friend. Jean Chatzky /, NBC News, "How to stop your emotions from clouding your financial judgement," 8 Mar. 2018 Once again the issue of dress code has reared its ugly head in the workspace. Vanessa Friedman, The Seattle Times, "Forget Serena Williams’ catsuit. What’s the point of the tennis dress?," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the rear, the motor is coaxially mounted for better packaging and 50:50 weight distribution. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Deadlifts already work the posterior chain, or the muscles at the rear of the body like the hamstrings, gluteus maximus, trapezius, posterior deltoids, and erector spinae. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why the Deficit Deadlift Is a Great Modification for Beginners," 5 Dec. 2018 Rather than a vertical grip at the rear of the plane (called the tote), the Max Planer has a horizontal pistol grip. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "This Bosch Hand Plane Convinced Me Anyone Can Use a Hand Plane," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s a gradual progression from traditional forms and vertical structure at the front of the house to more modern, open, horizontal spaces at the rear. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018 There’s a similar single-band taillight at the rear, sitting beneath a split wing. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Mercedes’ EQ Silver Arrow blends classic design with electric superpowers," 3 Oct. 2018 Instead, this room features a solitary door at the rear of the room which empties into an office suite. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history," 27 Sep. 2018 Along with the grandstand at the rear of the building, the museum concept and its ahead-of-its time use of video and multimedia shows the duo thinking about architecture as a platform for emerging digital technologies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 Roughly 17,000 square feet, the home sits on 5.34 acres and has a 2-story entry hall, a large living room with bronze french doors, a terrace spanning the rear of the house, a billiards room, a home theater, a wine cellar and a gym. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Massive Connecticut Estate Sells for 50% off," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Oh, and the B2 can carry 72 sheets of plywood with the internal tailgate down and the rear window flipped up, which is especially impressive given its relatively compact dimensions. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B2 Is the Beefy Electric Truck We've Been Waiting For," 10 Oct. 2018 The Porsche 911’s engine is in the back, partially over the rear axle. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Everyone Love the Porsche 911?," 21 Dec. 2018 Here’s an interesting tidbit: the single-spec 2.0T Sport M/T RWD comes with a six-speed manual transmission, track-friendly Michelins and limited-slip rear differential. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Genesis G70: A Hyundai Spinoff You Can Proudly Drive," 12 Dec. 2018 Under the vehicle there are splitters ahead of the front wheels, a dimpled underbody cover beneath the battery, front and rear underbody spoilers, and rear-axle Gurney flaps. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 On the market for the second time in 118 years, the shingle-style house measures 4,388 square feet with spacious porches overlooking the rear lawn. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Historic mansion with 7 fireplaces asks $650K," 21 Sep. 2018 Immediately after, the city's then-mayor Giorgio Orsoni limited the number of ferries and ordered that gondolas install rear-view mirrors and GPS systems. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 2018 The cargo area is accessed through a lift-up rear hatch. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Then with about 11 laps remaining, Stenhouse lost a rear tire but still returned to the track after hitting up pit road. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Breaking down the 7 craziest moments from NASCAR's summer Daytona race," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Three Georgians, including two teens, were killed Sunday night when their vehicle rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-75 South in Tennessee, authorities said. Steve Burns, ajc, "Georgia teens among 3 killed in Tennessee crash," 11 July 2018 The first came in 2009, when my car was rear-ended. Health.com, "I Was an Undocumented Immigrant for 14 Years—Now I’m Fighting to Protect the Rights of Others," 26 June 2018 Buy Photo A 32-year-old woman died Sunday after her motorcycle rear-ended the back of a pickup truck on Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia police said. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Motorcyclist killed after rear-ending truck on Roosevelt Blvd.," 24 June 2018 Two motorcyclists were speeding west on the highway when one of them rear-ended a car. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-66," 13 June 2018 Tempe police said Davis rear-ended Jiang's vehicle then got out of her car and shot the woman, whose vehicle then veered into an oncoming car, injuring five other people. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Family of slain ASU student protests plea deal ahead of sentencing," 9 June 2018 The driver said his car was rear-ended by a black Jeep Cherokee that was being driven in an aggressive manner, police said. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Beverly man charged with driving drunk, pointing gun at driver on highway," 22 May 2018 Police in Utah are investigating whether a fast-moving Tesla car that rear-ended a fire truck on Friday was in autopilot mode. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Tesla, possibly on autopilot, slams into truck in dramatic Utah wreck," 13 May 2018 Earle's patrol vehicle rear-ended a 2015 Toyota Camry that was driven by 31-year-old Jonathan Baker, of Huntsville, records show. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Policeman who died wrecked partrol car twice in less than an hour, reports say," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rear

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rear

Verb

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

Noun

Middle English rere, short for rerewarde rearward

Adjective

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

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rear

verb

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

rear

noun

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

: the part of your body that you sit on

rear

adjective

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

: at or near the back of something

rear

verb
\ ˈrir \
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

rear

noun

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

rear

adjective

Kids Definition of rear (Entry 3 of 3)

: being at the back a rear tire

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