Definitions for REARrɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the back of something, as distinguished from the front.

  2. the space or position at the back of something:

    Move to the rear of the bus.

  3. the buttocks; rump.

  4. the hindmost portion of an army, fleet, etc.

  5. (adj.)pertaining to or situated at the rear:

    the rear door.

Idioms for rear:

  1. bring up the rear,to be at the end; follow behind.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See back1.

Origin of rear:

1590–1600; aph. var. of arrear


  1. to take care of and support up to maturity:

    to rear a child.

  2. to breed and raise (livestock).

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  3. to raise by building; erect.

  4. to raise to an upright position:

    to rear a ladder.

  5. to lift or hold up; elevate.

  6. (v.i.)to rise on the hind legs, as a horse.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  7. to start up in angry excitement or the like (usu. fol. by up).

  8. to rise high, as a building or tower.

* Usage: See raise.

Origin of rear:

bef. 900; ME reren, OE rǣran to raise

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rear(noun)

    the back of a military formation or procession

    "infantrymen were in the rear"

  2. rear, backside, back end(noun)

    the side of an object that is opposite its front

    "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"

  3. back, rear(noun)

    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"

  4. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass(noun)

    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?"

  5. rear, back(adj)

    the side that goes last or is not normally seen

    "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"

  6. rear(a), rearward(a)(verb)

    located in or toward the back or rear

    "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side"

  7. rear, rise up(verb)

    stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds

    "The horse reared in terror"

  8. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent(verb)

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"

  9. rise, lift, rear(verb)

    rise up

    "The building rose before them"

  10. rear, erect(verb)

    cause to rise up

  11. raise, erect, rear, set up, put up(verb)

    construct, build, or erect

    "Raise a barn"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rear(noun)ɪər

    the back part

    He ran around to the rear of the house.; the seats in the rear of the car

  2. rearɪər

    sb's bottom

    I fell on my rear end.

  3. rearɪər

    to be last in a line or group

    The younger children brought up the rear.

  4. rear(adjective)ɪər

    in or near the back

    the rear door of the building

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rear(adverb)

    early; soon

  2. Rear(noun)

    the back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; -- opposed to front

  3. Rear(noun)

    specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest

  4. Rear(adj)

    being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company

  5. Rear(verb)

    to place in the rear; to secure the rear of

  6. Rear(verb)

    to raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect, etc.; to elevate; as, to rear a monolith

  7. Rear(verb)

    to erect by building; to set up; to construct; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another

  8. Rear(verb)

    to lift and take up

  9. Rear(verb)

    to bring up to maturity, as young; to educate; to instruct; to foster; as, to rear offspring

  10. Rear(verb)

    to breed and raise; as, to rear cattle

  11. Rear(verb)

    to rouse; to stir up

  12. Rear(verb)

    to rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect


  1. Rear

    In military parlance, the rear is the part of concentration of military forces that is farthest from the enemy. The rear typically contains all elements of the force necessary to support combat forces - food, medical supplies and substantial shelters, planners and command headquarters.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'REAR' in Nouns Frequency: #2755

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'REAR' in Adjectives Frequency: #811

Translations for REAR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the back part of something

There is a second bathroom at the rear of the house; The enemy attacked the army in the rear.

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