Meaning of REAR in English

I. ˈrir, vt4 & vi2 are also ˈrer 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



(1) : to breed and raise (an animal) for use or market

(2) : to bring to maturity or self-sufficiency usually through nurturing care

rear ed five children

birds rear ing 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 lift

• rear·er noun

II. ˈrir 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. ˈrir 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. ˈrir adverb

Date: 1855

: toward or from the rear — usually used in combination

a rear -driven car

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.