Definition of


  1. (noun, group) the back of a military formation or procession
  2. (noun, location) the side of an object that is opposite its front
  3. (noun, location) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
    it was hidden in the rear of the store
  4. (noun, body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
  5. (noun, artifact) the side that goes last or is not normally seen
  6. (verb, motion) stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
  7. (verb, social) bring up
    bring up children
  8. (verb, stative) rise up
  9. (verb, motion) cause to rise up
  10. (verb, creation) construct, build, or erect
  11. (adj, all) located in or toward the back or rear
    the rear door of the plane
    on the rearward side

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Rear

front, head

Origin of the word Rear

  1. "hindmost part," c.1600, abstracted from rerewarde "rear guard" (c.1300), from Anglo-Fr. rerewarde, O.Fr. rieregarde, from O.Fr. riere (from L. retro "back, behind") + O.Fr. garde (see guard). Or the word may be an aphetic form of arrear (see arrears). Military sense of "hindmost part" of an army or fleet is recorded from 1606. A… more
  2. O.E. r?ran "to raise, build up, set on end," from P.Gmc. *raizijanau "to raise," causative of *risanan "to rise" (see raise). Meaning "bring into being, bring up" (as a child) is recorded from c.1420; that of "raise up on the hind legs" is first recorded late 14c. more

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Words that sound like Rear

r, r-2, ra, rahu, raiu, rare, rariora, raw, ray, re, rehear, rewa-rewa, rewire, rh, rhea, rho, ri, rio, rira, ro, roar, roarer, roe, roi, roue, row, rower, ru, ru 486, rue

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