\ 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


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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb OnePlus appears to be taking a similarly unique approach to rear camera design. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 15 Nov. 2021 The 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels are painted Antimatter Blue as well, and carbon fiber is sprinkled across the exterior, appearing on the front splitter, sills, mirror stalks, engine louvers, and rear diffuser. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2021 Similar to the situation in India and China, the problem is getting worse as child labor and labor trafficking has started to rear its ugly head. Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Others insist that when the last flower opens, there are six more weeks before winter will rear its ugly head. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021 In general, there’s this thought that inflation may rear its ugly head. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Other technical features include front and rear double-wishbone suspension, an inboard torsion bar and a McLaren and Penske-manufactured damper system. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 Water sprayed from nozzles on the front, sides, and rear. Jeffrey E. Stern, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 That means apps get the names and phone numbers of everyone in your contacts — from your best friend to the stranger who might have rear-ended you at a stoplight. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Power can be provided by the internal battery or by attaching a magnetic plug to the rear of the Beosound Level. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 An expanded passenger waiting area that will able to accommodate more than 300 is in another temporary modular structure to the rear of the terminal. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 3 Nov. 2021 The trail will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the park located to the rear of City Hall, 5301 Mayfield Road. cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Upon arrival, officers learned that a Shaker Heights woman, 49, who had been driving a Chevrolet, rear-ended the vehicle of a 29-year-old Shaker Heights woman. cleveland, 6 Nov. 2021 Bringing up the rear is E.B. Meyrowitz, a brand that exudes charm from every bespectacled pore. Aleks Cvetkovic, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2021 The Corvette was in the center lane driving at a high rate of speed before veering to the right lane -- where the Toyota was -- and rear-ending it, accoording to an LVMPD statement. Tina Burnside, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 The Brazilian then quickly slapped on a rear-naked choke and forced Blachowicz to tap out. Matthew Wells, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 While the Azeris had been fighting a determined Armenian force on the front line, their drones had been able to roam the rear, causing extensive human and munitions losses. Thomas Mutch, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The driver of the rear semi-truck was cited by officials for following other vehicles too closely. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2021 This 1/10-scale remote-control truck powers its rear wheels through an electric motor, so all its owner has to do is plug it in to charge. Matt Jancer, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 Law enforcement authorities allege that while at the Oak Brook home, officers found the home’s rear sliding glass door damaged and the interior of the residence ransacked. Pioneer Press Staff,, 17 Nov. 2021 More than a dozen women told the New York Times that Dame had engaged in unwanted touching with them, including two instances of slapping women’s rear ends at professional events. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2021 The process is a little like boarding an airliner: If everyone grabs the first seats up front, that slows access to the rear seats. Steven Ashley, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 However, as the officer approached the vehicle -- which had a temporary tag in the corner of the rear windshield -- the driver took off going 90 mph on I-77. John Benson, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2021 At the crash scene, the left-rear passenger window had been pierced with a bullet hole, the affidavit says. Angie Dimichele,, 16 Nov. 2021 Supersonic Red, Wind Chill Pearl, and Celestial Silver Metallic can be paired with a Midnight Black Metallic roof and a rear spoiler. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 14 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Authorities say Hasan had rear-ended another vehicle on Alafaya Trail and fled prior to jumping a curb and hitting Harrell. Monivette Cordeiro,, 16 Dec. 2020 One of the semis appeared to have rear-ended the other. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2020

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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)
: 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
: the part of your body that you sit on : buttocks



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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