Meaning of REAR in English

I. ˈri(ə)r, -iə verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English reren, from Old English rǣran; akin to Old High German rēren to cause to fall, Old Norse reisa to raise, Gothic ur raisjan to arouse, raise, lift up; causative from the root of Old English rīsan to rise — more at rise

transitive verb


a. : to erect by building : construct

reared a huge pagan temple

b. obsolete : to bring into being : produce , originate



(1) : to lift up to an erect position : set up on end : raise upright

reared a flagpole in front of the building

rearing heavy marble columns

(2) : to lift upward especially so as to hold aloft or so as to cause to project far upward : elevate , raise

a castle that rears its towers into the sky

b. dialect chiefly England

(1) : to rouse from bed or sleep

(2) : to drive (game) from cover

c. dialect chiefly England : to stir up to action : arouse



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

(2) : to bring up (a person) by fostering, nourishing, and instructing

was reared in a fine family

b. : to cause (as plants, produce) to grow

4. : to cause (a horse) to rise up on the hind legs

intransitive verb


a. : to rise up to an erect position : rise high : tower

a steeple rearing far into the sky

b. of a horse : to rise up on the hind legs

2. dialect : to come into sight : appear

Synonyms: see build , lift

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English reren, of unknown origin

obsolete : to slice up (as a roasted fowl) : carve

III. ˈri(ə)r, -iə


variant of rare I

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from rear (in such terms as rear guard )

1. : the back part of something : hindmost part: as

a. : the unit (as of an army) or area farthest from the enemy

b. : the part of something that is located opposite to its front

the rear of a store

the rear of a house

the rear of a bookcase

c. : buttocks

got kicked in the rear

2. : the space or position behind or at the back

moved to the rear

V. adjective

: being at the back or in the hindmost part : hindmost

the rear rank of a company

VI. adverb

: toward or from the rear — used chiefly in combination

a rear -driven car

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