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Definition of 'rear'


  1. the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen were in the rear"
       Antonyms: head
  2. the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
       Synonyms: backside back end
       Antonyms: front front end forepart
  3. the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
       Synonyms: back
       Antonyms: front
  4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
       Synonyms: buttocks nates arse butt backside bum buns can fundament hindquarters hind end keister posterior prat rear end rump stern seat tail tail end tooshie tush bottom behind derriere fanny
  5. the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
       Synonyms: back
       Antonyms: front


  1. stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds; "The horse reared in terror"
       Synonyms: rise up
  2. bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
       Synonyms: raise bring up nurture parent
  3. rise up; "The building rose before them"
       Synonyms: rise lift
  4. cause to rise up
  5. construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
       Synonyms: raise erect set up put up
       Antonyms: level raze rase dismantle tear down take down pull down


  1. located in or toward the back or rear; "the chair's rear legs"; "the rear door of the plane"; "on the rearward side"
       Synonyms: rearward

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