Synonyms & Antonyms of rear

(Entry 1 of 3)

being at or in the part of something opposite the front part
  • go to the back of the building and look out the rear window and you'll see the eagle

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Synonyms & Antonyms of rear (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a behind part or surface
  • the rear of the car was sleekly designed

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2 the part of the body upon which someone sits
  • fell off her skates onto her rear

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Synonyms & Antonyms of rear (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to bring to maturity through care and education
  • watched a documentary on how wolves rear their young

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2 to fix in an upright position
  • 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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4 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care
  • an amateur who rears rare orchids in a professional-grade greenhouse

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How does the verb rear contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of rear are boost, elevate, heave, hoist, lift, and raise. While all these words mean "to move from a lower to a higher place or position," rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.

suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs

When could boost be used to replace rear?

While the synonyms boost and rear are close in meaning, boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.

boosted his brother over the fence

How does the word elevate relate to other synonyms for rear?

Elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.

elevated the taste of the public

In what contexts can heave take the place of rear?

Although the words heave and rear have much in common, heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.

heaved the heavy crate inside

When can hoist be used instead of rear?

While in some cases nearly identical to rear, hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.

hoisted the cargo on board

When might lift be a better fit than rear?

The words lift and rear are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.

lift the chair while I vacuum

When is raise a more appropriate choice than rear?

The words raise and rear can be used in similar contexts, but raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.

scouts raising a flagpole

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The first known use of rear was before the 12th century

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“Rear.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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