rear
I. verb Etymology: Middle English reren, from Old English rǣran; akin to Old Norse reisa to raise, Old English rīsan to rise Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to erect by building ; construct 2. to raise upright 3. a. (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
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<
birds rearing their young
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b. to cause (as 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 Synonyms: see liftrearer noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English rere, short for rerewarde rearward Date: 14th century 1. the back part of something: 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
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c. buttocks 2. the space or position at the back <
moved to the rear
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III. adjective Etymology: Middle English rere-, from Anglo-French rere backward, behind, from Latin retro- — more at retro Date: 14th century being at the back <
the rear entrance
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IV. adverb Date: 1855 toward or from the rear — usually used in combination <
a rear-driven car
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  • Rear — Rear, a. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company. [1913 Webster] {Rear admiral}, an officer in the navy, next in rank below a vice admiral and above a commodore. See {Admiral}. {Rear front} (Mil.), the rear …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rear — Rear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reared} (r[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rearing}.] [AS. r[=ae]ran to raise, rear, elevate, for r[=ae]san, causative of r[=i]san to rise. See {Rise}, and cf. {Raise}.] 1. To raise; to lift up; to cause to rise, become erect …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rear — rear1 [rir] n. [prob. back form. < REAR(WARD), REAR (GUARD)] 1. the back or hind part of something 2. the place or position behind or at the back [at the rear of the house] 3. the part of a military or naval force farthest from the enemy ☆ 4 …   English World dictionary

  • rear — [adj] back, end aft, after, astern, backward, behind, dorsal, following, hind, hinder, hindermost, hindmost, last, mizzen, posterior, postern, rearmost, rearward, retral, reverse, stern, tail; concept 583 Ant. beginning, front rear [n] back or… …   New thesaurus

  • rear — Ⅰ. rear [1] ► NOUN 1) the back or hindmost part of something. 2) (also rear end) informal a person s buttocks. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ at the back. ● bring up the rear Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • rear- — comb. form, partly of OF. or AF. origin, as in rear ward, guard, rearsupper (and hence by analogy in rear admiral, feast, freight), partly ad. F. arrière , as in rear vassal, vault, and partly (from c 1600) an attributive use of rear n …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rear — (r[=e]r), v. t. To place in the rear; to secure the rear of. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rear — Rear, n. [OF. riere behind, backward, fr. L. retro. Cf. {Arrear}.] 1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last in order; opposed to {front}. [1913 Webster] Nipped with the lagging rear of winter s frost. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rear — may be used as a noun and a verb and has several meanings: * Rear (military) the area of a battlefield behind the front line *Animals: **In stockbreeding, to breed and raise **Rear (horse), when a horse lifts its front legs off the ground *Rear… …   Wikipedia

  • Rear — (r[=e]r), adv. Early; soon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear? Gay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rear — Rear, v. i. To rise up on the hind legs, as a horse; to become erect. [1913 Webster] {Rearing bit}, a bit designed to prevent a horse from lifting his head when rearing. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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