\ 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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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 The horses gallop and rear with such realism and frenzy the viewer feels compelled to jump out of the way. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Redemption of Rosa Bonheur," 20 Oct. 2020 The navigation and audio systems are integrated to provide other features including mic and speakers for easy conversation from front seat to rear, and augmented reality navigation. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Cadillac Escalade's features and tech propel luxury SUV to leadership," 19 Oct. 2020 In fact, some people rear them in aquariums as pets or as fish bait. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How can I keep the crickets out of my old, damp garage?," 19 Oct. 2020 If someone becomes immunosuppressed, will COVID pop up and rear its ugly head? Emily Woodruff,, "The 'long-haulers': Why 'presumed recovered' doesn't mean you're done with the coronavirus," 17 Oct. 2020 Kress had a theory that if the Project Puffin team could transplant puffin chicks -- also known as pufflings -- to Eastern Egg Rock and hand rear them, the birds would create a mental map of the island's location. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 The decals run along the sides of 29 Bend Police Department vehicles from door to rear. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Oregon police department removes thin blue line from patrol vehicles," 27 Sep. 2020 This whole car is digitally scanned, and a designer went in and perfected the entire car, front to rear. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "New Shelby Mustang is 'stunning perfection' at $298,000," 13 Sep. 2020 Those are 22-inch trapezoid-design wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, and there's also black trim on the grille, side skirts, roof rails, and rear diffuser. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi RS6 Avant Looks Best in Ultra-Exclusive Nogaro Blue," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brian McKinney said the victim’s 2011 Toyota Avalon was in the southbound right lane of the Tollway with its lights off when it was struck in the rear by a 2019 Mack Truck tractor-trailer traveling in the same lane and direction. Steve Sadin,, "Chicago man killed when car hit by tractor-trailer in Wadsworth," 22 Oct. 2020 Many cars still use drum brakes in the rear since the front brakes do most of the work. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way," 8 Oct. 2020 Andy had been at the rear of the boat for most of the day, including through the no-wake zone. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Oklahoma mom warns of carbon monoxide poisoning after son, 9, dies on boating trip," 6 Oct. 2020 Mississippi State will be a formidable pain in the rear under Leach, just as Washington State was in the Pac-12. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Big 12 is in big trouble and other takeaways from college football's Week 4," 27 Sep. 2020 But the ultimate indulgence is the Sentra’s unexpectedly room cabin that provides good head and legroom up front, and surprisingly good leg and foot space in the rear, although headroom is compromised somewhat by the car’s styling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cheap frills make the 2020 Nissan Sentra a little luxury ride (review)," 26 Sep. 2020 Ivanka Trump and her daughter Arabella have hitched a ride up front with Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, while Pence and a couple of aides conduct business from a cabin in the rear. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Pence backs decision not to charge police in Breonna Taylor death," 25 Sep. 2020 The robot is shaped a bit like a flattened teardrop, with two wheels up front and one caster in the rear. Matt Simon, Wired, "Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros," 23 Sep. 2020 The interior of the new S3 is spacious, with ample room both up front and in the rear. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi S3 Sportback Previews a New S3 Sedan," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The vehicles, built between September 17, 2013, and January 15, 2018, have potentially faulty front and rear suspensions. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Tesla Recalls 30,000 U.S.-Made Model S, X EVs in China for Suspension Issues," 23 Oct. 2020 On York Road, an arriving officer located the Jeep, which, despite a lack of rain, had both its front and rear windshield wipers operating. John Benson, cleveland, "Florida man admits to drinking five beers before driving to pharmacy: North Royalton Police Blotter," 21 Oct. 2020 Most Samsung tablets have both front and rear cameras. Lauren Corona,, "The best Samsung tablet of 2020," 20 Oct. 2020 Early adopters will still get a complement of other advanced driver assistance systems, including front and rear pedestrian detection (probably a must, given the height of the hood) and automatic emergency braking. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac gives the new 2021 Escalade SUV a huge technology upgrade," 19 Oct. 2020 Front and rear lights on the bike are a requirement. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress cyclists spinning, exploring local scenery," 16 Oct. 2020 Decades ago, all trucks used solid axles in the front and rear. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Inside My Custom Toyota Land Cruiser Build," 15 Oct. 2020 The car has a sunroof, temporary tag on the windshield and black front and rear bumpers. Carlie Wells,, "Several paintball shootings reported in New Orleans; police looking for this car, occupants," 15 Oct. 2020 The suspension and front and rear crash structures are aluminum. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "The McLaren GT is out of this world in style and performance," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb One of the semis appeared to have rear-ended the other. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "2 injured in semi-truck collision on I-10 in Eloy," 13 Aug. 2020 No injury report was available on the Bratenahl man, 63, whose car was rear-ended in Orange. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Driving under the influence of Xanax and hitting things: Orange Police Blotter," 5 June 2020 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

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce rear (audio)

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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