(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. located in or toward the back or rear

- the chair's rear legs

- the rear door of the plane

- on the rearward side

Similar word(s): back, rearward


1. (Britain, dialect) early; soon


1. the back of a military formation or procession

- infantrymen were in the rear

Definition categories: group, formation

2. the side of an object that is opposite its front

- his room was toward the rear of the hotel

Similar word(s): backside

Definition categories: location, face, side

3. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer

- it was hidden in the rear of the store

Similar word(s): back

Definition categories: location, place, position

4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Similar word(s): backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rump, seat, stern, tail, tush

Definition categories: body

5. the side that goes last or is not normally seen

Similar word(s): back

Definition categories: man–made, side


1. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds

- The horse reared in terror

Definition categories: motion, straighten

2. look after a child until it is an adult

Similar word(s): nurture, parent, raise

Definition categories: social

3. rise up

Similar word(s): lift, rise

Definition categories: stative, appear, look, seem

4. cause to rise up

Similar word(s): erect

Definition categories: motion, elevate, lift, raise

5. construct, build, or erect

Similar word(s): erect, raise

Definition categories: creation, build, construct, make

Sentences with rear as a verb:

- to rear defenses or houses

- to rear one government on the ruins of another.