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
birds rearing their young
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
c. buttocks 2. the space or position at the back <
moved to the rear
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
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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