[rear] vb [ME reren, fr. OE raeran; akin to ON reisa to raise, OE risan to rise] vt (bef. 12c) 1: to erect by building: construct
2: to raise upright 3 a (1): to breed and raise (an animal) for use or market (2): bring up 1 b: to cause (as plants) to grow
4: to cause (a horse) to rise up on the hind legs ~ vi 1: to rise high
2. of a horse: to rise up on the hind legs syn see lift -- rear.er n
rear n [ME rere, short for rerewarde rearward] (14c) 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 ~ of a house" c: buttocks
2: the space or position at the back "moved to the ~" rear adj [ME rere-, fr. MF rere backward, behind, fr. L retro---more at retro] (14c): being at the back rear adv (1855): toward or from the rear--usu. used in combination "a rear-driven car"