\ ˈrir How to pronounce rear (audio) , 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


\ 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

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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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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


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


There are two bedrooms at the rear. the rear of the car was sleekly designed


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

Her surrogate here is Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, who, like most of the cast, is not a professional actress), a young woman who does much of the cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing for Sofia (Marina de Tavira) and Antonio (Fernando Grediaga). Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 2018 During breeding and chick-rearing on land, when foraging opportunities are restricted, Fiordlands, like other penguins, can lose 50 percent of their body mass. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 He was reared 30 miles away in Coshocton, where the Abels were among the few Jewish families in town. Margalit Fox, The Seattle Times, "Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94," 18 Sep. 2018 Even after they are adopted into stable and loving families, children who were initially reared in institutionalized care (such as orphanages) show psychological and biological consequences many years later. Dylan Gee, Vox, "I study kids who were separated from their parents. The trauma could change their brains forever.," 20 June 2018 After his mother died in 1933, he was reared by his stepmother, Anna (Robin) Sandler. New York Times, "Irving Sandler, Art Historian Who Was Close to Artists, Dies at 92," 2 June 2018 In 1979, sturgeon were successfully reared from eggs at the Wild Rose State Hatchery and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin sturgeon program a paragon of natural resource management," 24 Feb. 2018 Stopping force felt confident to control the weight with the four-wheel-disc regenerative brakes; 11-inch vented front rotors and 11.2-inch solid rotors rear. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Three significant additions to the list of standard features are blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and an SiriusXM satellite radio with complimentary three-month subscription. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan Kicks: Easy-to-drive CUV offers higher-end features for under $20,000," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the rear derailleur, find high and low limit screws (labeled H and L). James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust a Bicycle Derailleur," 6 Mar. 2019 The new bikes, which will be introduced in January 2019, have swappable lithium-ion batteries, fancy new displays, retractable mounts for smartphones, and cable locks in the rear. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 The sniper detection device won’t be very useful to a vehicle operating in the rear. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's 'Terminator' Tank Support Vehicle Is Bristling With Weaponry," 7 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, Kensington followed Microsoft’s cue with the Surface Studio and placed the SD7000’s ports on the rear. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a Surface Studio," 21 Jan. 2019 They were stopped in heavy traffic on the interstate on the way home when the vehicle Torres was driving slammed into their rear. Clifford Ward, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man gets 4 years in DUI crash on I-88 that killed Naperville man driving neighbors back from O'Hare," 25 June 2018 An albino deer was also sighted, along with a opossum sprouting a tree-like growth from its rear. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Was it a chupacabra? NC biologists try to identify spooky creature seen in the dark | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 When put in Race mode, the Senna drops its already low nose a further 1.2 inches and its rear by 0.9 inch. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "More McLaren Senna Info Spills Forth: Here's What You Need to Know," 7 Feb. 2018 The workouts were high-energy, and women SnapChatted each other’s hip-hop routines, in which white mothers over 40 unselfconsciously shook their rears to Soulja Boy. Sheila Marikar,, "The High-End Workouts Women Are Signing Up for to Become the Boss," 9 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Start by putting your bike on a bike stand to get the rear wheel off the ground. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust a Bicycle Derailleur," 6 Mar. 2019 The powertrain layout remains the same, with a single motor feeding the rear wheels via a transmission. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 However, the bikes are unusable in their current state because of an electronic lock in the rear wheel and are painted as commercial property so ownership could be disputed. Gustavo Solis,, "Coronado to recycle impounded dockless bicycles," 4 July 2018 To improve handling, the rear wheels turn as well as the front wheels. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "BMW reveals all-new 8-Series Coupe: 523 horsepower and 155 mph," 15 June 2018 Following close on the rear wheels of San Francisco’s rental scooter invasion, a new creature joined the menagerie of shared alternative transportation devices on the city’s streets Tuesday. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "E-bikes: SF’s latest alternative transportation device," 24 Apr. 2018 This setup, available only on the Limited and Adventure trim levels, can mechanically disconnect the rear wheels to reduce parasitic drag on the highway, improving fuel economy. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota RAV4 / RAV4 Hybrid: Sales Champ Gets a Compelling Overhaul," 29 Mar. 2018 Then the chair subwoofer handles rear-facing events, plus any large-scale impacts (i.e. explosions). Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 On back, the phone features dual, rear-facing cameras that are vertically-aligned, like Apple’s iPhone X line. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Xiaomi’s new Mi Play features a circular camera notch and dual, rear-facing cameras," 24 Dec. 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., "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,, "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,, "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,, "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


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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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



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



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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