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rear

verb \ ˈrir , senses vt 4 & vi 2 are also ˈrer \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of rear

transitive verb
1 : to erect by building : construct
2 : to raise upright
3 a (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

rearer

noun

Examples of rear in a Sentence

  1. watched a documentary on how wolves rear their young

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of rear

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

Synonym Discussion of rear

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

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rear

noun \ ˈrir \

Definition of rear

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

Examples of rear in a Sentence

  1. There are two bedrooms at the rear.

  2. the rear of the car was sleekly designed

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Origin and Etymology of rear

Middle English rere, short for rerewarde rearward

rear Synonyms

Synonyms
back, reverse, tail
Antonyms
face, forehead, forepart, front
Related Words
beam, stern; moon [slang]

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rear

adjective \ ˈrir \

Definition of rear

: being at the back
  • the rear entrance

Examples of rear in a Sentence

  1. The car's rear bumper was damaged.

  2. go to the back of the building and look out the rear window and you'll see the eagle

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Origin and Etymology of rear

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

rear Synonyms

Synonyms
aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, back, rearward
Antonyms
anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal
Related Words
dorsal
Near Antonyms
ventral

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rear

adverb \ ˈrir \

Definition of rear

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

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First Known Use of rear

1855



REAR Defined for English Language Learners

rear

verb

Definition of rear for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of rear for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of rear for English Language Learners

  • : at or near the back of something


REAR Defined for Kids

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rear

verb \ ˈrir \

Definition of rear for Students

reared; rearing
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

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rear

noun

Definition of rear for Students

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

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rear

adjective

Definition of rear for Students

: being at the back
  • a rear tire


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