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(1)   The side that goes last or is not normally seen
"He wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
(2)   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?"
(3)   The back of a military formation or procession
"Infantrymen were in the rear"
(4)   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"
(5)   The side of an object that is opposite its front
"His room was toward the rear of the hotel"


(6)   Construct, build, or erect
"Raise a barn"
(7)   Stand up on the hind legs, of quadrupeds
"The horse reared in terror"
(8)   Cause to rise up
(9)   Bring up
"Raise a family"
"Bring up children"
(10)   Rise up
"The building rose before them"


  1. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company.


  1. early; soon
    • Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear! -- John Gay.


  1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front.
    • Nipped with the lagging rear of winter's frost. - Milton
  2. Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
    • When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear. --Milton
  3. The buttocks, a creature's bottom


  1. To raise physically; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate.
    • In adoration at his feet I fell Submiss; he reared me. — Milton
    • Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner. — Lord Lytton
  2. To construct by building; to set up; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another.
    • One reared a font of stone. — Alfred Tennyson
  3. To raise spiritually; to lift up; to elevate morally.
  4. To lift and take up.
    • And having her from Trompart lightly reared, Upon his set the lovely load. — Edmund Spenser
  5. To bring up to maturity, as offspring; to educate; to instruct; to foster.
    • He wants a father to protect his youth, and rear him up to virtue. — Thomas Southerne
  6. To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle (cattle-rearing).
  7. To rouse; to strip up.
  8. To rise up on the hind legs, as a bolting horse.


sense rise up on the hind legs
  • prance