- The definition of rear is relating to the back of something.
An example of rear used as an adjective is rear window which means the window in the back of a car.
- Rear is defined as the back of something.
An example of rear is the backseat of a car.
A man sits in the backseat or rear of a car.
rear definition by Webster's New World
- the back or hind part of something
- the place or position behind or at the back: at the rear of the house
- the part of a military or naval force farthest from the enemy
- ☆ Slang the buttocks
Origin: probably back-formation ; from rear(ward), rear (guard)
- to put upright; elevate
- to build; erect
- to grow or breed (animals or plants)
- to bring up by educating, nurturing, training, etc.; raise: to rear a child
Origin: Middle English reren ; from Old English ræran, causative of risan, to rise
- to rise or stand on the hind legs, as a horse
- to rise (up), as in anger
- to rise high, as a mountain peak
rear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A hind part.
- The point or area farthest from the front: the rear of the hall.
- The part of a military deployment usually farthest from the fighting front.
- Informal The buttocks.
Origin: Middle English rere, rear of an army, short for rerewarde, rear guard; see rearward2.
verb reared, rear·ing, rears verb, transitive
- To care for (children or a child) during the early stages of life; bring up.
- To lift upright; raise.
- To build; erect.
- To tend (growing plants or animals).
- To rise on the hind legs, as a horse.
- To rise high in the air; tower.
Origin: Middle English reren, to raise, from Old English rǣran; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
- rearˈer noun
rear - Phrases/Idioms
bring up the rear