rear

1
[ reer ]
/ rɪər /
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noun

the back of something, as distinguished from the front: The porch is at the rear of the house.
the space or position behind something: The bus driver asked the passengers to move to the rear.
the buttocks; rump.
the hindmost portion of an army, fleet, etc.

adjective

pertaining to or situated at the rear of something: the rear door of a bus.

Idioms

    bring up the rear, to be at the end; follow behind: The army retreated, and the fleeing civilian population brought up the rear.

Origin of rear

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; aphetic variant of arrear

Synonym study

5. See back1.

Definition for rear (2 of 2)

rear

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[ reer ]
/ rɪər /

verb (used with object)


verb (used without object)

Origin of rear

2
before 900; Middle English reren, Old English rǣran to raise; cognate with Gothic -raisjan, Old Norse reisa

Related forms

un·reared, adjectivewell-reared, adjective

Usage note

1. See raise.
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British Dictionary definitions for rear (1 of 2)

rear

1
/ (rɪə) /

noun


Word Origin for rear

C17: probably abstracted from rearward or rearguard

British Dictionary definitions for rear (2 of 2)

rear

2
/ (rɪə) /

verb


Derived Forms

rearer, noun

Word Origin for rear

Old English rǣran; related to Old High German rēren to distribute, Old Norse reisa to raise
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Idioms and Phrases with rear

rear

In addition to the idioms beginning with rear

  • rear end
  • rear its ugly head

also see:

  • bring up the rear

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