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Dictionary Definition

rear adj : located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side" [syn: rear(a), rearward(a)]


1 the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen were in the rear" [ant: head]
2 the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel" [syn: backside, back end] [ant: front]
3 the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store" [syn: back] [ant: front]
4 the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
5 the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph" [syn: back] [ant: front]


1 stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; "The horse reared in terror" [syn: rise up]
2 bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: raise, bring up, nurture, parent]
3 rise up; "The building rose before them" [syn: rise, lift]
4 cause to rise up [syn: erect]
5 construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: raise, erect, set up, put up] [ant: level]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Ultimately from retro; confer arrear.


  1. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.
being behind, or in the hindmost part
  • Dutch: achterste
  • Finnish: taka-
  • Japanese: 後ろの, 後方の
  • Russian: задний


  1. early; soon Prov. Eng.
    • Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear! --Gay.


  1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front.
    • Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost. - Milton
  2. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
    • When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear. --Milton
the back or hindmost part
  • Dutch: achterste, achterkant
  • Finnish: takaosa, perä, peräpää
  • Hungarian: hátsó
  • Japanese: 後ろ, 後方
  • Russian: задняя часть, задняя сторона
the part of an army or fleet which comes last
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Etymology 2

Old English ræran


  1. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate; as, to rear a monolith.
    • In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss; he reared me. —Milton
    • It reareth our hearts from vain thoughts. —Barrow
    • Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner. —Ld. Lytton
  2. To construct by building; to set up; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another.
    • One reared a font of stone. —Tennyson
  3. In the context of "transitive|obsolete": To lift and take up.
    • And having her from Trompart lightly reared, Upon his set the lovely load. —Spenser
  4. To bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring.
    • He wants a father to protect his youth, and rear him up to virtue. —Southern
  5. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle (cattle-rearing).
  6. In the context of "transitive|obsolete": To rouse; to strip up.
    • And seeks the tusky boar to rear. —Dryden
  7. To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse.
to lift, raise etc.
  • Dutch: oprichten
  • Finnish: nostaa, kohottaa
  • French: ériger
  • German: aufrichten
  • Irish: tóg
  • Japanese: 育てる
  • Russian: поднимать , поднять ; возвышать , возвысить ; возносить , вознести
to set up
  • Finnish: pystyttää
  • Japanese: そびえ立つ
  • Russian: возводить , возвести ; воздвигать , водвигнуть ; сооружать , соорудить
to bring up to maturity
to breed and raise
  • Dutch: kweken
  • Finnish: kasvattaa
  • French: élever
  • Irish: tóg
  • Japanese: 育てる, 飼育する
  • Russian: выращивать , вырастить
  • Spanish: criar
to rise on the hind legs


See also

Usage notes

See note under raise.

Extensive Definition

Rear may be used as a noun and a verb and has several meanings:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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